Trafford staff get creative and cultural at wellness event
Staff and patients at Trafford General celebrated
health, wellbeing and culture yesterday with a variety of cultural
and creative events unique to a hospital setting. The Staff
Wellness Day was held to celebrate the hard work of staff and
promote the benefits of culture and creativity to health.
Tai Chi classes, mindfulness sessions, Chinese calligraphy
demonstrations and a Japanese dance performance took place across
the hospital's wards and corridors for the enjoyment of staff and
The event took place as part of the Culture Shots week, a
collaborative between Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS
Foundation Trust, Manchester Museum and the Whitworth - part of the
The hospital accommodates a number of creative activities for
patients to help with their recovery and rehabilitation, including
art classes for stroke patients supported by local artists and the
introduction of activity boxes used during therapy sessions with
patients with dementia.
The results of a photography competition were also announced on
the day. The winners will have their work displayed on the
corridors of the hospital. The competition was won by Lucy
Burscough. Second place was awarded to seven-year old Jake
Thompson. Third place was awarded to Amanda Whitefoot who works at
the hospital as a Clinical Educator.
Visitors were also treated to a steel
drum performance from Year 6s at Rack House Primary School led by
Jane Grimshaw, Head of Nursing and one of the key organisers of
the event said: "The benefits of culture and relaxation to health
can't be disputed - this event has been a great way to celebrate
the hard work of our teams here at Trafford General and to promote
the health benefits of these activities to our patients. Today has
been a great success."
See the full gallery below (photos by Andy Ford):