Research demonstrates that patients exposed to nature and natural scenery often benefit from smoother operations and faster recovery times. Using this research and conducting our own patient trials, we developed a nature-inspired installation for the waiting area of the Cardiac Theatres Suite at Harefield Hospital. The centrepiece of the installation is 'The Nature Window', a projected vista that allows patients to watch and interact with the scenery and natural phenomena. Interaction is enabled by simply pointing the specially developed wireless mouse. Accompanying this is a series of wooden wall-mounted landscape sculptures, bespoke-designed furniture and a calming soundscape, which add to the overall tranquillity and relaxing effect of the experience.
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