We provide creative activities to aid wellbeing, stimulate cognitive function and provide important tools for self-expression. Taking part in creative activities can also help patients to manage long-term conditions better, and cope with anxiety and depression.
These take place in both inpatient and outpatient departments, at patient bedsides and within the community.
Singing for Lung Health
Delivered in partnership with Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, our Singing for Lung Health group is designed to help people living with lung conditions to manage feelings of breathlessness whilst taking part in a fun and social activity. Research has proven that singing can help people with chronic lung conditions by improving a sense of control over the breath, improving posture and teaching you to breathe more slowly and deeply.
The group is free of charge and open to anyone living with a long-term lung condition such as COPD, asthma and pulmonary fibrosis.
Sessions take place on a Wednesday morning at Lewisham Hospital, if you would like to join in than please contact Lizzy Green at Trinity Laban on: 020 8305 3883 or email: L&PEnquiries@trinitylaban.ac.uk.
Applied Theatre on the Children’s Wards
Every year we host students on placement from the Central School of Speech and Drama in the children’s departments at both of our hospitals. The students, who are on the BA Drama, Applied Theatre and Education course, work alongside Play Specialists to use Applied Theatre techniques to help distract and entertain the patients.
The placements provide an important professional learning opportunity for the students, whilst our youngest patients get to have therapeutic fun with an experienced arts practitioner.
Victoria Rance, artist-in-residence
The ‘I Wish’ artist residency was led by local artist Victoria Rance, from APT Studios in Deptford. Victoria worked with patients, parents and carers on the children’s inpatients ward at Queen Elizabeth Hospital who communicated their wishes to the artist. These were then realised as small sculptures and gifted back to the participants.
Photographs of the ‘wishes’ now traverse the corridor spaces between the children’s wards helping to connect these different departments.