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Tips for health at hospital.

A NEW handbook to help improve the daily lives of people in the mental health inpatient ward at St Luke's Hospital has been produced.

The "Star Wards" initiative has been put together by people with experience of mental illness and is full of practical ideas to help boost the morale and wellbeing of people on the ward.

The Beaumont Unit, which is run by the South West Yorkshire mental Health NHS Trust, has implemented several ideas set out in the programme.

These include weekly community meetings, an activities co-ordinator encouraging meaningful activity, access to games consoles and a walking group to encourage people to enjoy the hospital grounds.

Other ideas include inviting

Pets as Therapy animals onto the ward and a mini library.

Ward manager Melissa Harvey said: "We're all thinking outside the box now and realising that there are things that can be changed, however small, to make a big difference to the quality of life of people on our ward.

"It is important for everyone to take part in activities that are enjoyable and meaningful as a way of boosting their wellbeing.

For people receiving treatment on our ward it is no different and the Star Wards booklet has been inspirational in helping us find new and creative ways of engaging them."

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Apr 7, 2009
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