Movie stars adorned the walls of the dayroom and music filled the bays as patient, carers, ward staff and volunteers relived the 1950’s and 60’s. Age UK North Tyneside’s Pam Walker (pictured below) and our Wellbeing volunteers Alf and Amy made wards 3 at North Tyneside General Hospital wish come true, to have a silver screen gossip and cakes afternoon. Pam recalls… ‘As patients assembled and chatted, we passed around a picture quiz containing hints at films the moves stars [on the walls] were in – true and false questions about names and other well known facts. Amy and I sat one to one with patients and they really enjoyed remembering the stars and reminiscing, some made comments about the stars that they ‘held a candle for’. One daughter got a surprise to learn that her real father was indeed Clark Gable!! Chat ensued about courting days and how more ‘gentlemanly ‘ the boys were in those days! Also the ward manager’s daughter sang some beautiful songs to those assembled in the day room. Then, so that they didn’t miss out, she sang in the ward to those unable to reach the day room. Alf went on an individual basis around the ward going through the picture quiz with the patients, who appreciated being involved.’
The Ward 3 Manager Bev Banks commented that there was “a real buzz” around the ward that afternoon.
A number of visiting relatives said they too had really enjoyed the afternoon and though that it was a wonderful idea and looked forward to the next one. Ward 3 being an elderly rehabilitation ward and has many long term patient i.e. those staying for months. This event was a good excuse for everyone to mix and chat in a fun way, relieving the pressure a little on carers and regular visitors.
Pam and the Wellbeing volunteers have been booked for next month’s ‘Elvis Gossip’.