Music therapy: Hospitals across West Yorkshire receive musical gifts to improve patient care
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Using MY Hospital Charity, charitable funds, the Trust’s palliative care team made a successful bid for radios and CD players with the belief that music therapy can improve patient care.
The aim of the charity is to raise and allocate funds for projects that elevate the physical and emotional wellbeing of patients and staff, which would not otherwise be funded by the NHS.
Speaking about their wish to fill wards with nostalgic music, Paige Newsome, Education Facilitator for the Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care team at Mid Yorks, said: “Music has long been acknowledged as a powerful tool for expression and as an effective instrument in meeting the needs of those who are facing illness and loss, whilst searching for meaning, hope and acceptance.
“Playing music in end-of-life care can improve a person's quality of life by helping to relieve symptoms, address psychological needs, offer support and comfort, facilitate communication and meet spiritual needs.”
Richard Robinson, Chief Medical Officer at Mid Yorkshire Teaching NHS Trust said; “I am delighted to hear that charitable funds have been used in this way.
“Elevating the experience, we offer patients is a priority at Mid Yorks.
“Across the Trust, we are encouraging staff to play patient’s favourite songs as part of their care. I look forward to enjoying the music myself.”