The Lottery numbers have come up for Dykebar Hospital and the winners are two patient projects to the tune of almost £2,500.
The money is awarded from the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Staff Lottery Fund.
The bulk of the cash, £1500, is going to the Talking Library Project based in the recently opened rehabilitation unit at the hospital.
Katrina Phillips, Dykebar’s In-Patient Services Manager and Lead Nurse, said: “We are delighted to receive this money and will use it towards adding to the facilities at our new rehab and recovery unit.
“Patients who had been avid readers told us that they were having difficulty in concentrating on reading because of their current health problems.
“They told us that they didn’t have the same motivation and concentration and felt it would be easier to listen to someone talking rather than reading on their own.
“Staff then carried out a piece of research to determine what is available in terms of talking books.”
As well as re-introducing patients to the intellectual stimulus of books, the secondary aim is to promote engagement with community library resources and encourage them to be more socially inclusive and extend their literary skills and interest.
The second project to benefit is the unit’s Gardening Group who have received £970 to develop land around the unit into garden areas.
Katrina said: “A number of patients and staff had expressed interest in this as a potential project, including growing vegetables.
“Clients have told how gardening gives them a feeling of hope and of being in control thanks to working out of doors and being involved in physical exercise. It also helps to rebuild their confidence in their own abilities and a sense of self-achievement. It also fits well with the move towards a greener and healthier Scotland to which the NHS has an important contribution to make.”
The rehabilitation unit in Dykebar cares for people who are discharged from hospital and are being followed up by the Out-reach Team and also patients who are being seen in their base wards by the In-reach Team. The Inpatient rehabilitation service cares for people who require a longer period in hospital to help them to readjust to life within the wider community and offers a service to people from the Renfrewshire and Inverclyde area.
The philosophy of the Rehabilitation service is to support and facilitate patients through psychotherapeutic, activity focused and educational interventions to rediscover self-determination and personal empowerment. The service aims to aid patients in regaining their personal autonomy, instil hope and support them on their individual journey to recovery and social inclusion.
For more information contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429.