PATIENTS at Ayrshire Hospice are getting creative after taking delivery of a set of magnetic whiteboards.

They are being used for a new project, called What Matters To Me, which enables them to personalise their room and, at the sane time, illustrating what’s really important to them.

So far, there have been drawings, written expressions and reminders, while meaningful items and photos have also been attached to many of the boards.

Among the patients who has used his board is Hugh Hodge, who appears to have farming connections and had a recent birthday.

With one near each bed space, the boards are creating a home-from-home feel that helps patients feel more comfortable.

They are also a great way for staff, both voluntary and employed, to get to know patients. and have already led to many interesting conversations.

Fiona Irvine, Ayrshire Hospice education facilitator, said: “Getting to know our patients and their families is at the heart of all we do, and that’s why we decided it was important to create some dedicated space where they can express themselves.”

One patient is using the board to write motivational quotes and set daily goals, which inspire her to make most of time at the hospice. It also enables her to express her emotions or even to let staff know where she is when she is out of her room.

Staff nurse Patricia McPhillimy added: “We are delighted to see such a great response and how much everyone enjoys adding a little bit extra to the boards every day.

“They seem to appeal to both our patients and their families alike and have been used in so many fun, creative ways.”

In keeping with the theme, hospice staff have also designed a poster and leaflets suggesting a wide variety of activities, special events and celebrations that can be organised. These includes birthday celebrations, film nights, weddings, trips, pampering sessions and much more.

Both the boards and the poster as part of www.whatmatterstoyou.sco, a Scotland-wide campaign.

Pictured, from left, are quality improvement facilitator Kirsty Cornwall, Fiona Irvine, care assistant Elizabeth Lawrence and Patricia McPhillimy.