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Musician entertains patients in hospital
PATIENTS at Salisbury District Hospital have been treated to entertainment from a renowned Senegalese musician.
Seckou Keita sang and played West African music with his Kora, a 21-stringed African harp, as part of Elevate, a new Arts Council of England-funded pilot project to provide more stimulation and activity for people while in hospital.
Elevate aims to build on the success of Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust’s Young at Heart initiative, which gave older patients the chance to enjoy singing, storytelling and arts and crafts.
Maggie Cherry from Artcare said: “In Salisbury we have patients of all ages and a wide range of conditions that could mean they spend a significant amount of time in hospital.
“While it’s essential that we continue to provide the very best care and treatment that we can, we found that with older patients, regular creative activities on wards could also improve their experience, help them get better sooner and reduce the need for some medication.
“We think that as well as our older patients, other long and short term patients could benefit from creative activities such as listening to music or doing arts and crafts which could help in their overall recovery. If they choose to take part they can do so.”
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