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Art for Heart's Sake

Art for Heart's Sake

Chestnut Ward Telemetry Bags

Chestnut Ward, have just taken delivery of 15 new Telemetry Bags all individually decorated by the children on Willow Ward. The Telemetry Bags are used by patients to carry their portable (telemetry) cardiac monitors for between 24 – 48 hours. They allow the patient to stay mobile and reduce the risk of dropping and breaking the monitors. Dennis Raymond, was the first patients on Chestnut Ward to choose a bag to wear, he went for a very colourful giraffe design.

Dennis said “The bags are great fun and knowing that they have been designed by the children made choosing my favourite very difficult. I must also say that I have found the hospital to be superb, this is the first time in my life that I have ever been in hospital and I have to admit I was a little scared. But the staff on Chestnut Ward and other areas have all been brilliant and really put me at ease.”

The new Telemetry bags replace the originals purchased some time ago that were very plain and in need of a makeover. Health Care Assistant Simon Harper came up with the idea to see if the children on Willow Ward would like to brighten the bags up. Simon contacted the Willow Ward Play Specialist Team Donna Day and Claire Peirson who were more than happy to ask the children to assist with the project.

Melanie Maddison, Senior Sister on Chestnut ward said “Previously the bags were quite basic but with the children’s creative designs they now look fabulous. It has been both productive and fun working with our colleagues and the children on Willow Ward.”