Recovering stroke patients at Basildon Hospital are being helped by therapy assistant and musician, John Edwards, and his weekly music therapy sessions.
Singer and guitarist John has worked at the Trust for 25 years and now sings and plays guitar for patients on Osler, Lionel Cosin, Kingswood and Lister wards.
Researchers claim that listening to music in the early stages after a stroke can improve a patient’s recovery. Listening for just a couple of hours a day could help patients recover from brain damage and improve mental functioning and mood.
But it’s not just stroke patients that can benefit from music, as John explains:
“A dementia patient attended one of my sessions. She was very reserved and constantly looked down at her hands, but when I began playing her fingers started tapping and she lifted her head to see where the music was coming from. It was very heart-warming to see; her daughter was so surprised and pleased she began to cry.”
Lead nurse and matron for stroke, Beth Smyth, said: “John is a valued member of the team and patients look forward to his weekly music therapy sessions as it helps boost their morale.”
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