We are delighted to be working with national charity Music in Hospitals & Care to bring their programme ICU Hear to Intensive Care at St Mary’s Hospital. Trained musicians give weekly live performances, using a variety of instruments to help patients relax and to take their mind of their stressful surroundings.
Our work with Music in Hospitals and Care has also now been extended to our Neonatal Intensive Care Units at St Mary's Hospital and Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital.
The programme involves trained musicians visiting the neonatal intensive care unit to perform gentle lullabies at the bedside, helping babies and their parents relax and enjoy moments of bonding. The hourly sessions are delivered bi-weekly in each hospital unit.
The experience of listening to the soothing sounds of lullabies offer comfort and help create special memories for parents and their babies. Medical research shows that music can reduce the perception of pain and decrease feelings of stress, anxiety and depression in patients, relatives and staff. It also helps to provide a supportive, calm hospital environment for parents and their new-borns.
This project is supported by Art Social Foundation
South Asian dance company Akademi’s project Dance Well brings music and dance to care homes, day centres and hospitals. Akademi dance artists are visiting our patients in an elderly rehabilitation unit, using South Asian dance to compliment their physical rehabilitation. The programme aims to promote greater social engagement and well-being amongst older adults, to increase health and fitness in the aging community and to offer those living with dementia the chance to engage with creative and cultural material.
The Rhythm Studio
The Rhythm Studio uses music-making, singing and drumming to engage young people in paediatric wards at St Mary’s Hospital. Offering bi-monthly workshops, the Rhythm Studio helps develop a lively community feel on the wards, creating a happier environment.
Box Tale Soup
We have worked with Theatre company Box Tale soup multiple times, who bring their unique blend of puppetry, physical theatre and traditional performance to our Paediatric wards at St Mary’s Hospital.
Little Angel Theatre
We were very lucky to host Little Angel Theatres’ bedside show for children – ‘If not Here, Where?’ in February 2020, which the theatre company developed with Great Ormond Street Hospital. This was performed on our Paediatric ward at St Mary’s Hospital.
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
Nicky Abraham, academic and practitioner teaching Applied Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, has been working to support our Intergenerational Project for some time now. Developing and running process-drama workshops which local school children and our Medicine for the Elderly patients get involved in together!