Celebration of Patient’s Artwork at Royal Victoria Hospital Stroke Unit

MAIN - Celebration of Patient’s Artwork at Royal Victoria Hospital Stroke Unit.jpgA display of bold prints and craftwork created by stroke patients was celebrated on Saturday, 24 November at Royal Victoria Hospital.

Artwork including prints, bags and cushions created by stroke patients went on display in the Stroke Rehabilitation Unit at Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH). The unit was opened earlier this year for patients aged 65 and over in the Dundee area.

This is an engagement project for stroke participants that is delivered across Tayside. The project is run by Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust (THAT) in association with NHS Tayside and has a history of working in the other NHS Tayside Stroke Units at Stracathro and Perth Royal Infirmary Hospitals.

Artist Jude Gove worked with inpatients at RVH Stroke Rehabilitation Unit over the past three months, tailoring the process to suit participants using a variety of printmaking and craft techniques including mono and linocut printmaking, marbling and textile painting. Participants received one-to-one sessions and had the opportunity to join weekend group sessions run by Jude and allow participants to work together in a social atmosphere.

ST/ART project coordinator Chris Kelly said, “It was great to be invited to contribute to the work of this new unit and it’s always fascinating to see a new group of participants explore different materials and processes. It takes a bit of time to settle in a new programme but we’ve had a marvellous response from staff and patients. Participants discover that being creative contributes to their rehabilitation and it is good for their health and wellbeing.

“Jude is highly experienced. She built a great relationship with patients and staff.  The work we do would be impossible without the support and belief of staff and we really appreciate their commitment which has been so important to the success of the first programme at RVH.”

Jude said, “It’s been challenging working in a new unit with no previous history of art activity. I have engaged with the patients in a quick and positive way. My work at Stracathro ensured I knew how different approaches work for different people. At first participants think they won’t be able to create much but are amazed and delighted to discover they can. We worked together to create some very accomplished works like the prints and cushions which is a really positive and empowering experience for them.”

Senior Charge Nurse Lesley Lochrie said, “We knew the ST/ART project is valued at other stroke units and we wanted our patients to have the same opportunities. It’s clear the art programme helps each individual differently and we are amazed at what people have been able to achieve. The work patients produce and the impact of working with the Artist can have on their recovery is significant! It’s fantastic to have all their work on and for participants to share their achievements with friends and family.”

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