|WINWICK HOSPITAL WARRINGTON|
Editorial CommentBy now the decisions concerning The Standard have been taken, regrettably, without the benefit of knowing what you want. A resume of Wednesday's meeting will appear next week.
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Social Therapy ReviewThe other day, whilst escorting a group of patients from Male 8 Middle to the Gym, I overheard two nurses remark on what a waste of time it was to be exercising middle-aged, long-stay patients. I thought it was about time to put the record straight, and also follow with a progress report on the morning session in the Social Therapy Department. The female wards involved are F.2 Up, F. 2 D, F.4 Up and M.2 Up; male wards, M.5 Up, F.5 Up and male 8 Middle. When we started six months ago we received approximately twenty patients per ward. We reduced the numbers by half and grouped the patients into three main classes - high, middle and low. We then endeavoured to find out what these patients are capable of, what hidden talents some of then might have, starting from the very simple task of washing their hands after using the toilet to the more complicated task of handling money. We have found that quite a lot of patients can read, write, sew and also play a wide range of games - such as dominoes, darts, cards, chess and draughts. By taking the patients in smaller numbers, with everyone treating them equally, not as children but as adults, much can be achieved. When a patient first comes to the gym he, or she, is placed in a low group where the most simple tasks are done, hygiene, etc. Then they progress to the middle group, where more difficult tasks are attempted - learning to play games and dancing etc. Then finally to the high group, where they are taught to handle money, and taken outside into the community to see shows and do shopping etc. These patients may thereby be enabled to do a more useful job inside the hospital, or even outside. This process may take years but if during this time the patients lead a more normal and happier life, then it has been worthwhile.
W, CrookThe first meeting of the Fishing Club was held on Monday 25th September in the Social Therapy Department. Those members present elected the officials of the club, who are:
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Warrington Snooker and Billiards
Billiards - Tuesday October 10th 1972
|T.N.A. P. Moore||N D.|
|T.N.A. C.A. O'Dowd||N.D.|
|Cadet J.A. Adair|
|Miss L.C. Gosling,||Pharmacy|
|Mr. B. Platt||D.C.N.|