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Salisbury team rewarded for creative work with older hospital patients 

The Salisbury District Hospital ArtCare team has been highly commended at the Arts and Health South West Awards for its Young at Heart project, which provides creative and stimulating activities for older patients in hospital.
Rebecca Seymour working with a patient on the Young at Heart project 

Rebecca Seymour working with a patient on the Young at Heart project


Local dancer Rebecca Seymour, also won the individual award for her work on Young at Heart, and other creative projects run by a number of organisations for older people in the Salisbury area.

Peter Ursem, Head of ArtCare said:” These awards were created to celebrate inspirational arts and creative projects that improve the health and wellbeing of people within the wider community. “

“Around one in four people in hospital will have problems with memory, confusion and understanding, which can affect their recovery. Young at Heart enables patients to take part in story telling, singing and crafts,
which can keep their minds active, lift their mood and provide an enjoyable distraction from hospital life. Regular creative activities on wards can also help them get better sooner and help them to retain the mental skills that they need to look after themselves when they leave hospital.” 

Mr Ursem added: “It’s great to receive these awards which recognise the skills and commitment of all those involved in this project. It also highlights the success we have had since we introduced creative activities for older patients and the value of the Young at Heart project.”

For further information please contact:

Patrick Butler
Communications Manager
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust.
Tel: 01722 425170

Page Last Updated: 08/05/2014 10:07 
Printed from Salisbury NHS Foundation Website