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GBX DJ George Bowie brings a hush to hospital atrium

Friday, May 17, 2019

He’s known for his banging tunes and roaring remixes but popular DJ George Bowie was quiet for once when he brought his ‘silent disco’ to patients at the Queen Elizabeth and Royal Hospital for Children.

George, who is famous for his early morning radio show as well as Saturday evening GBX show, gave a lunchtime session for hundreds of delighted staff, patients and visitors at Scotland’s biggest hospital.

George said: “When I heard about the work going on in NHSGGC to bring music to their hospitals, I couldn’t wait to get involved. There’s been brass bands, quintets, rock and even opera, so it was time for my silent disco!”

“Music can bring us lots of different emotions and if you’re ill or feeling down I truly believe it can go a long way to boost your spirits and that’s exactly why I can along to the Queen Elizabeth.

“The whole thing was completely surreal….it’s great for the patients and staff and I think today was a wee boost for everyone. I would love to come back to the Queen Elizabeth and do it all over again!”

George made on patient’s day in particular.

25 year old Scott Meiklum listens to his favorite DJ from the hospital bed every Friday and Saturday.

Scott said: “It was so good that I got to meet George. I am a big fan and love listening to his shows. They keep me going. Today was amazing and really cheered me up.”

NHSGGC’s Animating Public Spaces - Live Art in Public Programme is run by Jackie Sands and Steven Anderson.

Jackie said: “Music has a significant impact on the patient experience of being in hospital. Evidence from studies has shown that if there is more music in and around the hospitals, patients are more likely to feel better, leave hospital sooner and in some cases take fewer drugs. There is also evidence which shows that health environments which include the arts help staff feel happier too.”

Jackie added: “George was amazing today and it was fabulous to see all the smiling faces. Definitely a Friday to remember!”

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