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Healing Arts

 

 

I’m pleased to announce that we are relaunching the Healing Arts Programme here at Ashford and St Peter’s. To announce the launch of the programme, we have a created a short introductory video featuring Marcine Waterman, non-executive lead for the Healing Arts Programme and Deputy Chair at the Trust. You can also read a leaflet about the programme.

We initially launched the programme at ASPH in 2019, and since its launch two years ago, we’ve had musicians play on the wards, artwork displayed across the Trust and outdoor areas transformed for patients and staff, but during the COVID pandemic this work had to be paused.

The need for a Healing Arts Programme comes from a report published in 2017, by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing titled, Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing.

The report gave evidence of the positive impact creative and cultural activities can have on health and wellbeing, and recommended the need for NHS Trusts to pursue a policy for arts, health and wellbeing.

 

Artwork at the Hospital

Artwork at the Hospital

 

The Healing Arts Programme is a national initiative that is part funded by the Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals Charity to provide different forms of art that improve both staff and patient environments, leading to a positive experience for those being cared for or working in those areas.

Andrea Lewis
Chief Nurse

 

Artwork at the Hospital

Donation Tree at the St Peter's Hospital

 

Moments in Care

Moments in Care

The Moments in Care Exhibition is a collection of images taken at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Eternal Garden

The Eternal Garden

The Eternal Garden provides an indoor and outdoor space for our end-of-life patients to spend time with loved ones recounting memories, and for colleagues to use the space to deliver difficult news and decompress following a challenging day. The Eternal Garden can also be used by parents who are under the care of our Maternity and Neonatal services whose babies have sadly died or are receiving palliative end of life care.

Lullaby Hour

Lullaby Hour

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St Peter’s were delighted to be joined by professional singer and ukulele player, Emma Stevens, for Lullaby Hour.

Lullaby Hour is an award winning project created by the Music in Hospitals & Care charity that brings calming music into hospital wards to help aid sleep and recovery for babies. Emma sang to some of the parents and babies in NICU, and played some gentle and soothing music on her Ukulele which created a relaxing and calm environment for parents as they held their babies.

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