Creative care: the role of the arts in hospital: Victoria Hume explains how painting, sculpture and music can improve the healthcare environment of hospitals, and the wellbeing of patients and staff

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Journal Article


Victoria Hume


Nursing Management, Volume 17, Issue 5, p.4 (2010)


arts in hospital, arts-in-health


Hospital patients often experience many different art forms, from the simple placing of sculpture in hospital grounds to the involvement of patients and staff in exhibitions, performances or workshops. In this article, the author refers to the work of Royal Brompton & Harefield Arts to improve the wellbeing of patients and staff at Royal Brompton Hospital, in Chelsea, London, and Harefield Hospital, near Uxbridge, Middlesex, which together form the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, the largest specialist heart and lung centre in the UK.

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