|WINWICK HOSPITAL WARRINGTON|
EDITORIAL COMMENTThe debate on the relative merits of differently orientated methods of therapeutic ward management, and the theory underlying Social Therapy, continues this week. The Nurse Teaching Department Library is well-stocked with texts on both subjects. Warm praise has come our way concerning the effectiveness of Mr. Bromley's use of our columns last week, and the prompt and complete reply. For our part, we wish to note the flexibility and tolerance of our unsung production group at Hollins House, which permitted the co-operative efforts of the Pharmacy and Path. Lab. to be so effectively highlighted.
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Social Therapy Review:Team Work is necessary. A phrase often used but misunderstood. Every department in the hospital, I'm sure, regards themselves as a good 'team', Social Therapy included. What we should have is one big team. Likened to the wheel. The big wheel cannot turn without all the little 'cogs'. To enlarge, we in the Social Therapy department feel that co-operation from the staff is invaluable and indeed necessary to the therapy our patients receive from us. If staff are enthusiastic on our venues, socials and P.E. etc., then it encourages our patients. We know, because we have seen the results both when staff join in and when they don't. If only everyone could forget their inhibitions and embarrassments and please help us to help our patients help themselves. I'm sure we would all receive a great deal of satisfaction from our work. Once again our netball and football teams have shown their skill by defeating Cranage Hall Hospital at home on Thursday afternoon. The girls won by 28 goals to 16 and the men by 5 goals to 2. These teams are not made up wholly of short-stay patients but long term patients who are proving to be as skillful as anyone I have seen play.