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Charity boost funds innovative entertainment screens for patients at Queen’s Hospital

PUBLISHED: 13:30 09 October 2018

The mayor of Havering, councillor Dilip Patel and BHRUT's interim chief executive, Chris Brown with visitors and fundraisers at the tea party on Thursday, September 27 at Queen's Hospital to celebrate the installation of some innovative screens. Picture: Queen's Hospital.

The mayor of Havering, councillor Dilip Patel and BHRUT's interim chief executive, Chris Brown with visitors and fundraisers at the tea party on Thursday, September 27 at Queen's Hospital to celebrate the installation of some innovative screens. Picture: Queen's Hospital.

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Elderly patients at Queen’s Hospital are enjoying entertainment specifically tailored towards them thanks to some special interactive screens.

The Reminiscence Interactive Therapy Activities (Rita) screens allow patients to watch a classic film they loved in their younger years, listen to their favourite music or hear messages from their family.

Queen’s Hospital in Rom Valley Way now boasts eight of these screens, which are helping reduce falls, ease boredom, soothe anxious patients and in particular, help those with dementia.

Jack Petchey, dementia clinical nurse specialist, said: “We’re really excited to have these screens at Queen’s Hospital as we’ve seen how they’ve made such a positive impact for our patients on our elderly care wards at King George Hospital.

“They even have programmes of chair exercises, so we’re hoping to encourage our patients who are able to keep active by doing that.

“It’s also brilliant that you can personalize them, so for example if a patient often becomes agitated at night, their family can record messages for them, to help reassure them.”

The Rita screens were funded thanks to donations made to the King George and Queen’s Hospitals Charity from Asda, the ladies of the Abridge Golf Club and Get Your Pink On, fundraising group which meets regularly at O’Gradys Irish Pub in Seven Kings.

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