Over recent years, growing evidence has shown that engaging in a range of art and creative opportunities can improve the health and wellbeing of people experiencing mental or physical health problems, alongside medicine and care. We support NHS Lothian’s strategy for Creativity, Arts, Health and Wellbeing by awarding grants towards Arts and Heritage projects.
For many years, the Foundation has funded a programme of live music performances for patients in the wards and continuing care units of NHS Lothian.
The regular, live music performances arranged by Music in Hospitals aim to enhance the quality of life, alleviate stress and, where possible, aid the recovery of patients of NHS Lothian. During 2012/13, nearly 200 separate concerts took place in around fifteen venues across the community.
Duo Honeysuckle Swing is just one of many talented groups that entertain patients in hospital units in Lothian. Programmes are devised in consultation with care staff and patients, and the detailed feedback helps to ensure that future concerts can be designed with the audience in mind.
“It was great to see so many of the gentlemen smiling, singing, or tapping along to the rhythm with their hands and feet, even those who are usually quiet or withdrawn. This is such a treat for the ward, as our patients enjoy the concerts enormously – if only they were every week!”