By the Activity Therapy team
During carers week we have been visiting wards inviting patients, carers and families to join in a social occasion to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday. Patients have been using their creative skills and have taken part in reminiscence activities, sharing their memories.
We’re recognising and celebrating the contribution Carers make to their loved ones, inviting them to come together with our patients to socialise, relax and find support and understanding. The event is about inspiring reminiscence and promoting a celebratory atmosphere.
Patients took part in a quiz, made birthday cards and participated in a sing-a-long.We had boxes containing the Queen's personal items, such as a corgi and her handbag with a photo of her grandchildren, a compact and a lace handkerchief. The Queen was also present (in the form of a puppet).
We've had some lovely comments from patients and carers. One patient told us: "It's lovely to have engagement on the ward, it stopped me feeling so poorly."
Another said: "It's really nice to break up the day, I feel like I've achieved something."
A carer said: "This is the brightest I've seen my mum all day".
We visited several wards across QMC and City Hospital and all wards embraced the sessions with cake and refreshments for patients and carers as well as red, white and blue bunting on the wards.
Nottingham Hospitals Charity has funded previous projects for us and this time the kindly funded decorations and Royal Rummage Box props. We are very grateful for their support.