Compiling an interim report of our Youth Music Funded Projects at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and received the following tweets from Kath Evans, Head of Patient Experience at NHS UK;
“Hospitals and illness are anxiety provoking, music can soothe and calm reducing stress and releasing feel good hormones. The value of music in health cannot be understated, not only for patients and families but also for staff in creating great patient experience.”
It’s great to have endorsement of the work at this level. Also fantastic to be receiving positive feedback from patients, families and staff at the hospital on a weekly basis.
We’re gathering feedback from our young participants and Salford will be undertaking fieldwork using specialist ways of engaging with young people so their voices are heard in the research outcomes.
The lunchtime concert series at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital have begun in earnest and are adding a rather wonderful element to the atmosphere of the hospital atrium. For the next three months music will be performed every Monday, Wednesday and Friday lunchtime.
The aim of the concerts is to uplift, sooth and entertain – not only for patients of the Hospital but for staff and visitors alike. Anxieties can often be eased by listening to live music, and the hope is that the concerts will help to distract and calm what can sometimes be a stressful and time consuming experience.
From string quartets, to ska, harps to harmonicas, there is something for everyone in the latest schedule.
Feedback from the concerts so far:
“100% brilliant! Really, really good! It gives everyone a smile. A lot better than a telly!”
“My hearing’s alright – it’s my eyes that are a bit dodgy, so the music is great!”
” If people are feeling ill, it can give them a little bit of respite. I make a point of coming when I know the music’s on and I’m trying to persuade my co-workers to come too. This (the atrium) is a wonderful space!”
Please look at the ‘Concert Series at CMFT’ page to check what concerts are coming up.
Project Jam Sandwich performing for the lunchtime concert series in the Eye Hospital.
Diverse performances from classical to swing to folk every Monday, Wednesday and Friday 12 – 1pm in the atrium.