The paediatric wards at St Peter’s Hospital have received a first delivery of 90 Mood Bears which were donated by members of the public through a fundraiser, launched by Christmas website ‘Jolly Festive’. These bears will be given to the children and young person patients in the hospital, as well as the siblings and children of long-stay patients during the festive season.
In 2017, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing published a report titled Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing, which gave evidence of the positive impact creative and cultural activities can have on health and wellbeing. The report recommended the need for NHS Trusts to pursue a policy for arts, health and wellbeing and to have a non-executive champion the policy. The programme at Ashford and St Peter’s will be headed by Marcine Waterman, non-executive lead for the Healing Arts Programme and Deputy Chair at the Trust.
Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the first hospitals in Surrey to launch a Virtual Reality (VR) training and education resource.