Musgrove Park introduces new public piano during festive Christmas carols - 23 December 2019

Musgrove Park introduces new public piano during festive Christmas carols - 23 December 2019

191219 Piano LaunchPatients, visitors and staff at Musgrove Park Hospital can now enjoy making and listening to music, following the launch of a public piano in the main Concourse area.

Accessible 24/7 in the hub of the hospital, the piano will give everyone the chance to take some time out to play music for their own enjoyment, and for the enjoyment of others. It is hoped that the instrument will bring a method of relaxation for those that use it, while creating an uplifting and soothing atmosphere for anyone listening.

The piano was officially opened during a Christmas carol concert, with the band fully made up of hospital staff, including hospital chairman Colin Drummond on the piano. Everyone joined in with old favourites ‘Silent Night’ and ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’ – a very festive first outing for Musgrove’s new piano.

Improvement advisor Andrea Gibbons came up with the idea of introducing a piano to the hospital as a way of improving wellbeing and health, and bringing communities together.

Research has shown that music can positively affect a patient’s experience, masking unwanted noise and providing a distraction from the clinical environment. Its positive effects can reduce blood pressure and anxiety, ease pain and strengthen coping resources. 

Andrea approached Queen’s College in Taunton, who kindly agreed to donate the piano, and it will be maintained by the hospital charity Love Musgrove.

It’s just one part of the trust’s commitment to outstanding care, for our patients, staff and anyone who visits Musgrove Park Hospital.

Dr Anna Baverstock, consultant paediatrician and consultant lead for wellbeing at Musgrove Park Hospital, said:

“Our colleagues at the hospital work really hard to provide high quality, compassionate care to our patients and their families and we are very grateful to Queen’s College for donating this piano, which we know will help to bring some joy to everyone at the hospital.

“We know that music, like all creative arts, really helps with the healing process and there are some clear benefits for patients and their families, as well as our staff.

“Music in hospitals can provide an enjoyable and positive distraction from people’s immediate concerns and can reduce stress levels and anxiety. It’s also known to reduce many people’s perception of pain.

“We look forward to seeing how the piano allows groups of people to come together in spontaneous social gatherings.”