Redland Hospital's paediatrics unit home to Commonwealth Games artworks

COMMONWEALTH ART: Nurse Sue Gore, Dr Dougie Thomas and nurse Christine Campbell near artwork painted by Queensland children.
COMMONWEALTH ART: Nurse Sue Gore, Dr Dougie Thomas and nurse Christine Campbell near artwork painted by Queensland children.

ARTWORKS painted by children for athletes at the Commonwealth Games have been put to use, helping to brighten corridors at Redland Hospital.

The paintings, which were left behind at the Gold Coast by competitors, have been hung in the hospital’s paediatrics unit.

About 4000 pieces were painted by Queensland children as gifts for Commonwealth Games sportsmen and women but not all them were taken home.

Paediatrics director Dr Dougie Thomas said pieces left behind by athletes had been donated to the hospital and put up to beautify the ward.

The colourful art had helped to create a more relaxing atmosphere for children and families, also improving the work environment for staff.

Dr Thomas said large canvas prints of photos taken by staff had also been put up in the children’s outpatient area.

“I asked our staff to donate some of their favourite pictures which they had put onto canvas,” he said.

“We ended up with a lot of animals.”