We’re delighted that G4S Facilities Management is to support our Singing Medicine project at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital for the sixth consecutive year. This will enable our vocal tutors to continue working with children and their families on the paediatric ward and in A&E, engaging them in singing play to raise spirits, distract or calm them from medical procedures and give them choices in an environment in which they often have very little control over their lives.
Having initially also run at Birmingham Children’s Hospital for over 12 years now, Singing Medicine was introduced to Birmingham Heartlands in 2011, with funding provided by G4S FM as part of its wider facilities management contract at the hospital.
Over the last five years, more than 2,000 young patients and their parents have taken part in the project, providing a morale boosting distraction which often aids the recovery process.
Christine Morrell, health play specialist at Heartlands Hospital, commented:
“I have been more than happy with the project and feel that Singing Medicine is part of the ward family. There have been many occasions when the girls have sung lullabies to distressed children, which has brought tears to my eyes several times. They are all so talented and put smiles on many faces.”
Lesley Reid, G4S FM contract manager at Birmingham Heartlands, added:
“Sponsoring this fantastic project is a source of great pride for all of us at G4S FM. I am so pleased this wonderful initiative is set to continue as it brings welcome change in what can be a difficult time for patients and families.”
Rebecca Ledgard, Director of Education for Ex Cathedra, said:
“We would like to thank G4S FM and Heartlands Hospital for their continued support of Singing Medicine. Together we aim to make the hospital environment that little bit happier for patients and their families, and to bring the health benefits of deeper breathing and fun through singing games.”