Since December 2016 Broomfield Hospital’s Care of the Elderly wards have been receiving weekly visits from Pulse Arts CIC - professional musicians who specialise in making music in hospitals.
On Danbury, Goldhanger, Baddow and Braxted wards they sensitively sing, play guitars and ukuleles, violin and soft percussion to calm and soothe patients.
There is scientific evidence that music can relieve pain and improve the wellbeing of patients, family members and staff.
Patients on these wards, some of whom have dementia, might not be interacting with others. But when the musicians arrive the often start to smile, talk, laugh and even sing and play themselves.
Staff have also been seen singing and dancing with patients; and some have shown off their musical talents by playing instruments.
Jonathan Wright – Patient Experience Manager “the impact the musicians have on the ward is huge, the atmosphere completely changes with big beaming smiles all around for patients and staff”.
This pilot project is funded by Friends of the Broomfield.
Please visit www.pulsearts.co.uk for more information.
Photos – Still from the video of John Kingston, playing with Pulse Arts Musician Joe Danks. Joe Danks and Dave Mckenny
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