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Music across the Trust

As we are no longer able to bring musicians on to wards we're now bringing music to patients via iPads.

Musician Kate Wilkinson is singing and playing requests to older patients on wards using FaceTime.

In a time when staff have to wear PPE, including face masks, our music programme allows patients to communicate face to face with the musician, who will play their favourite songs or requests from family members for their relatives.

Elderly patient in hospital bed smiles at tablet computer where young woman appears to sing

For details of the Music on Wards Programme we run in normal times, please see below.

Music on Wards Programme

In 2018-19 we organised over 200 concerts for patients and staff.

Our ongoing Music on Wards Programme at the JR and Horton reaches nine wards every fortnight, funded by a donor and the Horton General Fund.

In October 2019 we extended the Music on Wards Programme to the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre.

A female harpist plays with a busy hospital ward seen behind

"Music makes most people respond when other things have failed."

Visitor comment

"Having musicians on the ward helps everyone feel more relaxed... Really uplifting, it's good for morale and I love it... Patients love it... good for the elderly patients with dementia... needs to happen more often."

Staff comments

"Lifts the spirits. Something else to concentrate on apart from your own problems! I loved it."

Patient comment