Arts for Health Comes to Riverside Ward, Newholme Hospital

A  wonderful statement by the staff of the Riverside Ward about their experiences of working with the Fortuitous Novelties to be featured in their local press…

Specially-commissioned art pieces presented to Riverside Ward, Newholme Hospital

http://www.thisisderbyshire.co.uk/news/Seed-pod-sculptures-help-dementia-patients-grow-confidence/article-2847623-detail/article.html

Arts and crafts has always been central to therapy on Riverside’s older people mental health ward.  Therefore the occupational therapy team, who look after patients with dementia at the Bakewell Hospital, had no hesitation in seizing the opportunity to work with Darren Browett, an artist from Manchester University. Continue reading

What they said…NHS Derbyshire Community Health Services

Press Release

Special Art Gets Dementia Patients Talking

SPECIAL objects eliciting some dementia patients to talk lucidly for up to an hour have been unveiled at a Bakewell Hospital.

Crafted from a springy material known as aeroply, the six ‘Fortuitous Novelties’ pieces were created by Darren Browett, a 3D Design MA graduate from Manchester Metropolitan University. Darren, (37), of Belton, Leicestershire, presented the objects to occupational therapists at Newholme Hospital’s Riverside Ward on Thursday 14 October. Now health bosses at Derbyshire Community Health Services hope they will play a major part in the future care of patients there. Lorraine Turner, an occupational therapist for Derbyshire Community Health Services who works on the ward, said: “We were approached by Manchester Metropolitan University about the possibility of presenting some objects to our dementia patients as part of a project they were doing.

“The effect was a revelation.”

“It was literally like turning on a lightbulb – patients not normally able to engage in meaningful conversations were just tuned in, totally absorbed by the objects.”

“Some were even able to talk lucidly for up to an hour.” Continue reading