Children’s hospital

One of the therapists describes some of her work:

My work at the hospital is always varied; I love the challenge of meeting new patients and helping them and their families through often challenging hospital stays. I use a trolley full of hand held percussion instruments, ukuleles, guitars and drums. Together we use the instruments to creatively explore the feelings surrounding their stay in hospital, whether that be processing their illness and treatment plan or as a distraction from the frequently invasive procedures. Some of the patients are connected to heart rate and oxygen level machines and it is wonderful, through the music we make together to see their pulses normalise and their oxygen saturation levels rise.

I work closely with other professionals and run a ‘music jam’ group on each of my wards with a play specialist. The aim of these groups is to help socialise the patients and for them to share, through music and words their experiences of being in hospital. These groups have proved to be very popular and are an integral part of ward life.