Hospital Choir to give the gift of music to end of life patients

Royal Cornwall Hospital Choir know just how much comfort music can bring and now they want to give the gift of music to patients approaching end of life and their families at Royal Cornwall Hospital.

The choir have released a CD of their most popular songs to raise funds through Royal Cornwall Hospitals Charity in support of The Butterfly Scheme, an initiative being rolled out by the end of life team at the hospital.

Funds raised will be used for audio equipment in end of life rooms such as Bluetooth speakers, docking stations and CD players.

“The equipment that we hope to be able to fund will allow patients and their loved ones to choose music that may be of comfort to them or remind them of special times in their lives. It is so important that we are all a part of getting it right at what can be a very difficult and emotional time for everyone,”

said Sarah Chaplin, Hospital Chaplain and Choir Lead.

The choir of around 25 singers is made up of staff and volunteers at the hospital, who come together each week led by Sarah.

“We find that singing is really great for your health and friendship and networking. We’ve all got busy roles within the hospital and singing together reduces our stress and makes us feel supported,”

explained Sarah.

The choir frequently perform within the hospital but also in the local community and often fundraise for the Hospital Charity. Last October the choir raised over £10,000 with a 24 hour Singathon for The Cornwall Birth and Baby Appeal involving many local singing groups and musicians.
Liz Thomas, Specialist Palliative Care Nurse at the Trust explains how this equipment will help the patients they care for,

“The equipment will enable our patients who are approaching end of life to hear music that they love and perhaps audio books so that they can enjoy novels that they have enjoyed reading or listening to in the past.”

The ‘Butterfly Scheme’ was piloted on Phoenix Ward during August with the plan to commence roll out across the Trust. With an ever increasing toolkit of initiatives, the scheme aims to put into place simple tools that aim to ensure that the teams get care right at an important time,

“End of life care is everyone’s business and it is about getting it right for every patient every time, irrespective of their place of death. It is really important to look after our families as well as our patients at this really difficult time. This is what the Butterfly Scheme is about”

Liz Thomas, Specialist Palliative Care Nurse.

The Butterfly Scheme includes a whole range of initiatives such butterfly jute bags, funded by the Friends of Royal Cornwall Hospital, for the safe keeping of the belongings of the deceased patient adding a greater sense of dignity and compassion for the loved ones of the patient and the discreet butterfly stickers which are placed on the bed space notice board or side room door as well as yellow dignity pegs for curtains to sensitively inform teams that the patient is in the last few days of life – helping staff to act with compassion towards the patient and their family at this important time.

The RCH Choir CD is available from the Hospital Chapel and online by going to Royal Cornwall Hospital Choir’s Facebook page and at CDs cost £8 each or 2 for £15, paid for by cash, cheque to the ‘Royal Cornwall Hospital Charity.’ All profits going to Royal Cornwall Hospitals Charity for the Butterfly Scheme.

Added on December 6, 2018, in Charity - RCHT Charity