Festive fun at Elgar House

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Patients staying on wards 1 and 2 at Southmead Hospital’s Elgar House enjoyed a day of festive fun arranged by the hospital staff last week.
Elgar House, based on the Southmead Hospital site, supports patients to make the transition from hospital to home or care centres.

Children from Southmead Saplings Nursery visited the wards and sang Christmas songs and nursery rhymes to the patients, a group of hospital volunteers called Move makers sang carols and North Bristol Trust (NBT) staff members Emily Holloway and Kitt Waring performed a ballroom dance.

The patients also took part in winter based activities and visited different teaching stalls which provided information on tissue viability products, infection control and environmental awareness. A flu station was also available.

As well as patients enjoying the day, nominated staff at Elgar House received awards and prizes as part of positive incident management (PIMS) for their outstanding work on mental capacity, documentation and team work on the unit.

The awards were presented by Chief Executive, Andrea Young, Director of Facilities Simon Wood, Deputy Director of Nursing Carole Tookey and Consultants, Doctor Seema Srivastava and Doctor Jarrod Richards.

During the festive fun day, patients were able to have their first glimpse of the wards new 'magic' Tovertafel table which gives patients with dementia at Southmead Hospital physical and cognitive activity and also social interaction through a clever intuitive light box.

The Tovertafel interactive projector was donated as part of Southmead Hospital Charity’s Christmas cracker.

Practice Development Nurse Rebecca Fowler said: “The Winter Wonderland event was really successful and the patients and carers had a great time joining in with the festivities.

“While we are working extremely hard to help our patients get better and home sooner, we know that not everyone will be able to spend Christmas at home with their loved ones.

“We think it is important to offer activities such as the Winter Wonderland fun day to help improve wellbeing and aid enablement.

“We’d like to thank the Southmead Saplings Nursery for coming over and bringing smiles to everyone’s faces, and to the musicians who played during our carol service and the Move makers for singing Christmas carols.”