Colourful glass work, felting, painting and flower arranging created by stroke patients went on display at the Stroke Rehabilitation Unit at Perth Royal Infirmary recently.
The work was created as part of the annual ST/ART art programme, an engagement project for stroke participants which is delivered across Tayside. The project is run by Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust (THAT) in association with NHS Tayside.
Artist Rachel Bower has been working with inpatients at the stroke rehabilitation unit over the past four months, introducing participants to a variety of art and craft techniques, tailoring each process to suit their abilities and interests.
Participants in the programme received one-to-one sessions and also had the opportunity to join in weekend group sessions which allow participants to work together in a social atmosphere.
A wide range of the work produced by the group is on display, including jewellery, bowls, clocks, textile panels and floral displays.
Chris Kelly, the ST/ART project coordinator, said, “It has been really exciting to bring Rachel back to the PRI stroke unit again this year. It has been a very satisfying and successful programme, seeing a new group of participants discover that being creative can be good for their health and wellbeing.”
Rachel added, “It has been great for me to be working in the hospital setting again and a pleasure to engage with new participants in such a positive way.
“The staff treat me as part of the rehab team and support me having time with participants to develop their interests. The participants have been amazed and delighted to discover what they can achieve despite their stroke and most find that taking part in the programme is a really positive, empowering experience for them.”
Senior charge nurse Bernie McLaughlin said, “Although it has only been her second time leading the programme here, Rachel is well established in our team. She has been fantastic with the patients who have really responded to the variety and choice on offer.
“We are always impressed by the way the art programme helps each individual differently. It’s fantastic to have the work on display and see it on show together.”