Builder donates acoustic panels to help hospital keep the noise down

HOUSEBUILDER Dandara has donated acoustic panels for use at Midlothian Community Hospital to help reduce noise through absorbing some of the echo in the lounge and dining areas in the recently refurbished Older People and Primary Care Ward.

Dandara is currently offering new homes at its Eskbank Gardens development on Viscount Drive, Eskbank, just one mile from the hospital.

The acoustic panels will help to benefit patient wellbeing. The screens have been designed to portray familiar images of the Lothians, making the ward feel more homely.

The panels were donated to Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation, the official charity of NHS Lothian. Tumong Edwards, community and events fundraiser at the foundation, said, “It has been a pleasure to work with Dandara and the Midlothian Community Hospital to bring these acoustic panels into the hospital to benefit patients and staff. They will be a wonderful addition to the ward and will have a really positive impact on everyone’s health and wellbeing.

“We are so grateful to companies like Dandara whose donations help us do even more to improve patient and staff experience.”

Kirsty Jack, interim service manager for older people and primary care at Midlothian Community Hospital, added, “We try hard to maintain a peaceful ambience, and the acoustic panels help by absorbing some of the echo and reverberation of day-to-day noise in these spacious areas. We’re so lucky to benefit from having these amazing pictures displayed in our ward, it makes all the difference.”

Lisa Archibald, head of sales at Dandara East Scotland, commented, “Being in hospital can be a difficult time for patients as they are away from home comforts. We hope that the acoustic panels provide some sense of comfortability and ease for patients and the nurses on the ward. We couldn’t be prouder to support Midlothian Community Hospital.”