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Our Animals

Meet the Kids Operating Room animals

The distinct graphic animals you'll see on the walls of our operating rooms have become a huge part of who we are. The bright colours make them instantly recognisable. While they look amazing, they actually serve a special purpose.

They are designed to offer reassurance and a colourful distraction for children about to undergo surgery. The animals are the last thing a child sees before falling asleep with the anaesthetic. 

Our designer Sarah created the iconic animals. Sarah, who went to Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design at the University of Dundee says:

“We take inspiration from the animals and the landscape of the country we are working in. It might be rainforests, jungle, savanna or a desert. We produce geometric patterns which pop with colour and really stand out. The animal illustrations are made using Adobe software. We then test them out in 3D models of the operating room to give us a better idea of how the artwork will look in real life.

The artwork is printed onto vinyl, a hygienic material suitable for hospital walls. The vinyl is also rigorously tested to make sure that the animals won’t peel off!

A lot of work goes on behind the scenes before our animals make their journey to partner hospitals all over the world. I love to think of them looking down providing reassurance to so many children around the world.”

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