This Friday, May 6, 2022, Normand Patrick Gobour, medical and paramedical decorator, placed about twenty playful and colorful tiles as well as some giant adhesive modules on the ceilings of the pediatric ward of the Pays de Morlaix hospital center. At a cost of € 5,700, the operation was fully funded by the Guiclanes Association Grain de Sel, led by Marie-Catherine Delavault. “We have been working with Patrick for almost ten years. We have introduced this concept of plates to many Breton hospitals, from Brest to Saint-Brieuc, via Quimper”, informs the latter, specifying that Morlaix has already benefited from this device called “Gazopago”, on several occasions in recent years: development of the pediatric waiting room in the emergency room in 2021, but also earlier of pediatric, radiology and emergency room. “This time the goal was to decorate the route that the children followed, lying on a bed , from the end of the pediatric service to the elevators leading to the operating room, slips Patrick Gobour. And this to capture their attention, de-stress them ”. And their parents at the same time.
“The place of color is essential when you want to calm a person under stress. In these drawings, I use the full range of colors found in a hospital, translated into a childlike world, ”explains Patrick Gobour, whose concept is patented. It collaborates with about 162 medical institutions around the world. “I’m the only one doing it,” he breathes.
In addition to colors, humor is also an asset. Therefore, the new records, which required a year and a half of work, have the theme of fun migratory birds. And the road signs, “since we have two electric cars and a go-kart in the service that the kids sometimes take to walk down to the block,” recalls Myriam Treigner, pediatric health care professional. “At the end of the month, it’s the floors that, thanks to the pink blouses, will be covered by a covering with a stop, a pedestrian crossing …”, engages Isabelle Lecomte, childcare worker.
“This concept is ingenious. We have only positive feedback. It is really interesting to develop in this environment. It restores the value to our work, a little balm in the heart,” continues the duo, supported by Dr. Aurélie Brasseur. But the goal of all this “Above all, to humanize care. If the children feel somewhere other than the hospital, it’s because we have won.”
About fifty volunteers
“I was a sick child myself,” admits Patrick Gobour. This work, I lead it for the children and to thank those who saved me. And I do it at a fair price. Because it is not normal for the public hospital to be robbed on an ongoing basis ”. And to clarify that without association nothing would be possible. “I do not get a penny from the hospital. Grain de Sel finances everything. She’s doing a great job. “
“We sometimes have the impression of doing the work in hospitals,” Marie-Catherine Delavault explained in our columns in 2019. But if we do not do it, then who does? So we continue, at our own pace, with our means. It is always like that. With about fifty volunteers, the association Grain de Sel Enfants Malades de Bretagne conducts actions all year round to raise funds. “We have no patrons, no subsidies, except for the municipality of Guiclan, where our headquarters are located. Everything is fully donated to fund this type of action.”
Grain de sel arranges a hiking day this Sunday, from kl. 9am to 5pm, starting from Place de la Mairie in Guiclan. Three rounds of 3, 10 and 17 km in the Penzé Valley. Snack is offered to the participants. Price: € 5. Contact: 06 58 22 83 59.