Thanks to everyone who has supported the Rays a smile campaign.

Three years on, the appeal and the work it promised have been completed, and what a difference they’ve both made!

Thanks to a host of hospital and community-based events, more than £125,000 has been raised to give our x-ray, ultrasound, MRI, CT, and fluoroscopy rooms at Bradford Royal Infirmary and St Luke’s Hospital the most amazing makeover, transforming them into vibrant, welcoming and soothing spaces.

The project was completed in several phases. The work to our waiting areas has been themed in either yellow (paediatric) or lilac (adult), and decorated with a woodland theme and large images of the stunning Yorkshire countryside. 

Bluetooth speakers and, where appropriate, sky-themed lighting panels were added to imaging rooms , which are located in a basement corridor at BRI with little or no natural light – creating a relaxing environment.

A ‘snuggle room’, allowing parents to soothe babies to sleep before scans and avoiding the need for a general anaesthetic, has also proven popular since it was launched, and helps us provide a better service to our very youngest patients.

And ‘Relax and View’ machines, which play films and videos while young patients and adults undergo MRI scans, alongside sound systems are now also available to relax patients and make these scans – which can take up to an hour to perform – easier to tolerate.

The final phase of the work focused on providing clear and attractive wayfinding, and has also proven a huge hit. From the moment they arrive, bright and clear signs now greet patients, visitors and staff and guide them to colour-coded waiting and clinical areas. Exits and entrances are also easy to identify, avoiding anxiety or confusion.

In addition, the improvements have made the department a nicer space for staff to work in. 

We’d like to give particularly thanks to Molly-Mae Windle, Ambassador for our Rays a Smile Appeal who initially helped us to produce our launch video.  Molly-Mae over the last three years has continued to inspire the local community to fundraise and support the appeal.  We’d like to thank each and every one of you who has fundraised, donated or supported the appeal in any other way.  It’s only with support from people like you we are able to make these dreams come true.

Bradford Hospitals’ Charity has launched an ambitious fundraising campaign to transform the radiology departments at Bradford Teaching Hospitals into warm and welcoming spaces for children.

See the photos below.


The ‘Rays a Smile’ campaign aims to raise £250,000 to:

  • completely refurbish the radiology waiting areas at Bradford Royal Infirmary and St Luke’s Hospital to make them more child-friendly, creating designated safe spaces kitted out with distraction toys,
  • revamp some rooms used for X-ray, ultrasound, CT scans and MRI scans with colourful décor to distract children,
  • Create a ‘snuggle room’ for parents to soothe babies to sleep before scans, to avoid the need for general anaesthetic,
  • Purchase a ‘Relax and View’ machine, which plays films and videos while the young patient is undergoing an MRI scan,
  • Purchase sound systems to play music for children while they are scanned.

Most radiology staff work from the basement in Bradford Royal Infirmary, which has little natural light, offering X-ray, ultrasound, CT and MRI. A smaller unit of ultrasound and X-ray is based at St Luke’s Hospital’s D Block.

Almost all patients treated by Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, either as an inpatient or outpatient, are referred for imaging. More than 20,000 children and young people are imaged each year.

It is believed that a brighter, more child-friendly environment will benefit all patients, including some adults who find imaging difficult or stressful. They also believe it will speed up scan times because people will be less anxious, and provide them with better quality images.

You can see images of our plans below.

If you would like to support our appeal in any way, please give our charity office a call on 01274 274809.


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