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Norwich school girl wins hospital design competition

Lila got to showcase her design to the Prime Minister at Downing Street. Picture credits: Four Communications

A nine-year-old pupil at Salhouse Primary School, on the outskirts of Norwich, has won a competition to help design four new wards at a hospital in Norwich.

Lila Patel's design was chosen from over 70 entries across the city, as part of the "Your NHS" art competition.

As a result she got to meet Prime Minister, Boris Johnson and also won £500-worth of art vouchers for her school.

Her design included robot doctors, mobile devices doing x-rays and an automatic cast wrapper.

The competition was supported by the Department of Health and Social Care and Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, with the aim of encouraging local school children to get creative and mark the government's £40m investment into developing four new wards at Hellesdon Hospital.

Lila's design was selected by a group of panel experts, after 70 pictures were submitted by schools across Norwich.

Other designs across the nation included healing gardens, robotic pharmacies and spray antibiotic slides.

Lila was one of ten winners across the country, with the winners all travelling to Downing Street on Monday (24/02/20) to share their designs with the Prime Minister.

Lila said:

“I can’t believe I’ve won the Our 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.”

Robert Leaver, Year 3 and Year 4 teacher at Salhouse Primary School, said:

“We are very excited for Lila and proud of her achievement.

"We used this competition as an opportunity to learn about the history of the NHS and its importance to our community.

"Children came up with lots of good ideas for the healthcare of the future, and we hope to see their ideas realised in the future!"

Panel judge Jonathan Warren and Chief Executive at Norfolk and Suffolk 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 Norwich and this was a great way of inspiring the next generation who will ultimately help drive the NHS forward.

"With energy and ideas like Lila’s, we will be in good hands.”

The "Your NHS" art competition received over 3,000 entries across the country.

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