Curtain up for film night at Cragside

Posted on Thu, 19/04/2018

staff at cragside

Patients at one of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s specialist units enjoyed a cinematic treat last week and were treated to a full movie-going experience on their ward.

Staff on Cragside, an in-patient unit for older people with dementia, recreated the full cinema experience with a screening of Cliff Richard in Concert, followed by a showing of the musical Carousel.

There were also plenty of cinema-style refreshments available, including popcorn and hot dogs.

The film night is one of a range of therapeutic activities organised by staff that are designed to provide an enjoyable focus for patients, as well as relaxation and entertainment.

Linda Brennan, activities facilitator, organises these activities and said: "It’s all about making patients’ lives as easy as possible while they’re here. I speak to patients and their families and build a picture of what they like and what they enjoyed doing in the past.

The idea of a film night came about because, years ago, these people would have visited the cinema regularly and recreating that experience helps them to reminisce. It’s also therapeutic and helps them relax while they’re in hospital."

Other activities that are organised for patients include pet therapy, local history talks, cream teas, beauty afternoons and sporting memories sessions.

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