Poetry Corner Musings – Martin McAlpine

We laugh, we cry, we love, sometimes we hate, The grassy field, we see the gate, Should we enter, should we not, is it safe? Could we be shot? Or charged by an angry bull, have We transgressed that golden rule That says Stay! Stay away from here, We know to avoid a fear. We stay in our comfort zone, ...

I Love To Wait – Hazel Christie

I love to wait for you I love to wait for you the way it concentrates my mind on the fact that you are not here for me I listen for the footsteps of the approaching therapists I glance up, register their faces, watch as the waiting room empties and I’m left alone with my thoughts So I wait I ...

Patients Council Meeting – 29 January 2018

Our new Chair, Martin McAlpine, introduced our guest speaker, Professor Alison McCallum, in her capacity as NHS Lothian’s Caldicott Guardian, whose role ensures that patients’ identifiable information is treated with dignity and respect. If patient consent is required, it must be given freely and can be withdrawn at any time. She ensures that rights are respected, needs are assessed, the correct treatment and care is given effectively and adequate ...

Group Advocacy Update

One of the most commonly raised issues on the wards since the beginning of the year has been the old favourite topic of ‘activities’. Patients spoke positively about their increased access to art and music therapy – several times people showed us art-work, gave the groups poems to read, or played us music they had made, something we’re keen to encourage. We want groups ...

Group Advocacy

Back in June, the new intensive rehabilitation ward, Braids, was one of the first to move into the new hospital, so we were glad to hear from patients that their first impressions of the new-build were very positive. People felt that their previous accommodation in the old hospital now seemed extremely old-fashioned; this is slightly bittersweet, because the remaining rehab …

Stories of Changing Lives Three

I can’t believe it’s already time for me to go! The book is finished… It’s really exciting to be able to finally share it with everyone – I’ve been blown away by the honesty, generosity, and talent of the people who have contributed their stories, poems, artworks and photos. I’m also excited about the Changing Lives film, which has been …

Stories Of Changing Lives III

The Patients Council would like to invite you to celebrate the publication of a new book – the third in the Stories of Changing Lives series. We have been collecting stories, artwork, photography, and poetry by people who have experienced longer stays in the hospital, as well as writing from staff members. These are being brought together as a book …

Save the date…

Stories of Changing Lives 3 will be launched on 17th October in the Summerhall Café, from 6.30pm. There will be readings from the book, a screening of the new film, and of course your chance pick up a copy of the book. The Stories exhibition will be at Summerhall from 10th – 31st October. We’re hoping to organise a group …

Stories of Changing Lives Three

With just a couple of months to go until Stories of Changing Lives 3 goes to print, things are really starting to come together! (If you haven’t come across the project yet – we’re putting together a book of writing, poems, photographs and artwork about experiences of mental health and the REH.) I’ve met some amazing storytellers and writers, and …