AN interactive 'SoundWall' which entertains youngsters with light and sound displays has been unveiled at Poole Hospital.

The device is intended to help relax patients on the trust's children's ward and is controlled by users moving their hands across areas corresponding to rhythm, bass and melody to create music.

It was funded by former Mayor of Poole Charles Meachin as one of his mayoral charities, as well as the British Arts Council, the Co-operative Community Fund and fundraising activities organised by children’s unit staff.

At the launch on Wednesday (APR 6) Mr Meachin said: "It was an honour to be involved and to be invited to the opening of the SoundWall - I think children are going to thoroughly enjoy it."

The SoundWall was created by music production company Dosounds and creative studio Freak.

When a user walks within one metre of the device it powers up with an audio-visual greeting. By placing their hands close to the wall youngsters can create music alone or in groups, with visual graphics accompanying the sounds.

The 'sound object' which forms around their hand can be moved around to change the tonality and phrasing of the music.

Dr Julian Sandell, consultant in paediatric emergency medicine, said: "The Soundwall is a great way for our younger patients to forget for a while the busyness of the children’s wards and the conditions they come in with.

"I'd like to thank all who supported this project and who made it possible."

Angela Schofield, trust chairman, added: "It is beautiful, engaging and enchanting, and I can see children becoming wrapped up in it.

"It will certainly enhance the stay of children in hospital."