Upton primary school pupil wins “Your NHS” art competition with design for hospital of the future

The competition, supported by the Department of Health and Social Care and Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, invited local primary school children in the area to get creative to mark £18 million of government investment for the renovation of Arrowe Park Hospital in Wirral.

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Open to all primary schools across Wirral, the competition invited children to share their vision for the ideal hospital or healthcare centre of the future.

Milly’s winning picture was chosen by a panel of expert local judges including Janelle Holmes, Chief Executive at Wirral University Teaching Hospital and Anthony Middleton, Chief Operating Officer at Wirral University Teaching Hospital. Over 420 entries were submitted by schools across Wirral. Milly is pictured at 10 Downing Street with The Prime Minister.

The judges were really impressed by Milly’s imaginative and inspiring winning entry. They particularly enjoyed how Milly’s drawing looks into the future by imagining robotic teddies and drones that deliver medicine to patients. They also liked how Milly designed a nature room with trees and greenery and a rainbow room with bright and uplifting colours, creating a perfect, calming environment for patients and staff.

With designs featuring healing gardens, robotic pharmacies and spray antibiotic slides, 10 entries from budding artists across the country were chosen as winners. The 10 prize winners travelled to London on Monday 24th February to share their designs with the

Prime Minister. The artistic skills of Milly and her fellow winners have also won them £500 of art vouchers for their school. The winning entry in Wirral will take pride of place in the Arrowe Park Hospital in Wirral very soon, along with all of the designs that were shortlisted as finalists in the area.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “I was delighted to welcome the young winners of the ‘Your NHS’ art competition to Downing Street. Their creative designs and visions for our health service were spectacular.”

Milly said: “I can’t believe I’ve won the ‘Your NHS’ art competition. I really love drawing, and it was so much fun imagining what my local hospital could look like in the future. The NHS makes me feel safe and loved because it helps all of us so much when we are sick.”

Claire Marrin, Headteacher at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Upton, said: “We are all very proud of Milly. We had amazing entries from across the school and know the standard was high across the region. The competition was a great opportunity to get our children thinking about the NHS and we are thrilled that Milly’s caring and thoughtful nature has come through in her design! We can’t wait to see some of her ideas come to fruition in the future!”

Janelle Holmes, Chief Executive at Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We were so impressed by the quality of the competition entries. It’s clear that the NHS means so much to the community in Wirral and this was a great way of inspiring the next generation who will ultimately help drive the NHS forward. With energy and ideas like Milly’s, we will be in good hands.”