Hitting the right note for patients

A project is hoping to hit the right note as it looks to keep hospital patients entertained.

Music in Hospitals is being rolled out in the north east after appointing Alison Forbes as fundraising and development manager, following support by charity ‘Moving on Up’.

The therapeutic benefits of music shouldn’t be underestimated

Sid Richards, regional director north of Music in Hospitals

Founded in 1948, Music in Hospitals provides professional live music for people in hospitals, care homes and day centres.

The first concert, featuring Andy Kain Duo, delighted patients and visitors at North Tyneside General Hospital.

Sid Richards, regional director north of Music in Hospitals, said: “The north east is a hotbed of musical talent and everyone of our chosen musicians represents that creativity and professionalism in their work with us.

“The therapeutic benefits of music shouldn’t be underestimated. Music goes a long way to raising morale, giving hope and it certainly can reduce perceived feelings of pain.”

“We are looking forward to hearing some great music and brightening up people’s stays on wards.”

Brenda Longstaff, head of arts and the patient environment at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted to promote this exciting new programme of musical therapy for our patients and to host the launch of Music in Hospitals within the north east at North Tyneside General Hospital.

“Over the years we have found that art and music are extremely powerful therapeutic tools to help to reduce people’s anxieties of being in hospital and create an uplifting atmosphere.

“We are pleased to welcome Music in Hospitals to the region and look forward to working with them to launch a series of concerts in wards and waiting areas across the trust’s 11 hospitals.”

Music In Hospitals are also working in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society to support the Dementia-Friendly Communities programme by providing concerts within communities.

Many of the venues will be at the dementia-friendly cafes which are used for people living at home with dementia that are at risk of becoming extremely isolated.