Eyes down to help stroke patients


Three medical staff with a patient

Patient Leslie Whittle with Health Care Assistant Peter Hornby, Housekeeper Lorraine Harvey and Ward Manager Rachael Bailey

Health staff at Blackpool hospital have put on musical bingo sessions to help recovery for stroke patients.

The fun event was part of a series of afternoon rehabilitation activities devised by staff on Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s Stroke Unit.

Ward manager, Rachael Bailey explained: “Bingo is great for rehabilitation, communication and encouraging dexterity and interaction between patients, staff and visitors.

“We have a playlist of all different types of music and the bingo players have to cross off the names of the song, group or picture to play the game,” she added.

Staff wanted to do something to benefit the patients who can be on the unit for up to three months.

The Speech and Language therapists suggested musical therapy was excellent for patients because everyone can listen to the music even if they cannot take part in the game.

“The enthusiasm for patient activities from the staff is fantastic,” said Rachael.

Staff with bingo cards

Stroke Unit staff from left, Health Care Assistant Peter Hornby, Housekeeper Lorraine Harvey, Occupational Therapist Lauren Housby and Ward Manger Rachael Bailey

“So many people want to be involved with the sessions that we have organised a number of different activities.”

“Patients can be with us for up to three months and it’s important to keep them interested and engaged to promote recovery.

“These events are very much geared towards us doing that and making hospital life as much fun as possible for the patient.”

Other activities have been organised for the stroke patients including Valentine Card creating on February 9, musical instrument making on February 16 and the Bring me Sunshine party, organised with the Stroke Association, on February 23.


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