Sunday 29 November, 2020

QEH being transformed with Caribbean art and soon Christmas concerts

(From Left) Executive chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Juliette Bynoe-Sutherland receives a Sandra Evans-Gibbs art piece from director of the Caribbean Art Gallery, Hazel-Ann May-Batson.

(From Left) Executive chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Juliette Bynoe-Sutherland receives a Sandra Evans-Gibbs art piece from director of the Caribbean Art Gallery, Hazel-Ann May-Batson.

Patients at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) and those in government Isolation due to COVID-19 are in for a more relaxing and therapeutic experience, thanks to the recent donation of 92 pieces of artwork from the Caribbean Art Gallery. 

Chairman of the government-owned hospital, Juliette Bynoe-Sutherland, revealed that the donation was part of the QEH Beautification project, which sought to create a "therapeutic" environment for patients. The art pieces will be shown in the 40 private rooms of the QEH and at designated points throughout the hospital as well as at the Harrison Point Facility. The Harrison Point Facility is St Lucy is the government Isolation facility for persons who test positive for COVID-19 on island.

"Art is important and has been scientifically proven to bring benefits to people in a healthcare setting. It takes them away for a moment, it allows them to spend time on interpretation, it allows them to be reflective, it provides so much opportunity. Healing is more than the absence of disease, healing is also about allowing people to find that mental break, solace to connect with their inner selves as they grapple with the illness," Bynoe-Sutherland remarked.

"The first impression of a facility is what you meet on the exterior so what we did was to move strategically from the inside out. Let us start beautifying spaces, let us bring art and culture. Our doctors and nurse spend more time here than they do at home, so it is important as a facility that we create an environment not just for our patients but our staff," she added. 

Bynoe-Sutherland indicated that the QEH was aware of the burgeoning impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on local cultural practitioners and they sought to give them opportunities. 

She revealed that the QEH will be hosting a series of Christmas concerts during the Yuletide Season and the painting of murals not just at the Harrison Point Facility but also the QEH in 2021. 

"COVID has seriously impacted our members of the artistic and cultural practitioners and many are not working and many are seriously impacted so during Christmas going to have a series of concerts, musicians coming to the hospital," the QEH executive chairman disclosed. 

Lisa Greenidge of the Bed Management Department who organised the project expressed that the department wanted to enhance its patient experience. She was grateful for the overwhelming response from the Caribbean Art Gallery, who reached out to their 40 artistes,and corporate Barbados. 

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