Today I was listening to an article on Radio 4 about live music being played in Doctors waiting rooms.
The general feeling was that it reduces stress in patients, doctors and staff. This can only be a good thing.
At the moment it is a pilot scheme in Bristol, but the results have been promising, so hopefully we will see it roll out across the country.
I know that there are benefits as Robin has been involved with a similar scheme at St.James Hospital in Leeds.
Every year or so he goes over and plays for a couple of hours, partly in the reception area where visitors and staff can stop and listen, and also on some of the long stay wards where there are some very sick people.
The response he has had from patients and staff has always been hugely positive.
At times of pressure and emotional trauma surely listening to live music played well can only help distract from your worries.
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