|WINWICK HOSPITAL WARRINGTON|
EDITORIAL COMMENTThe Standard is becoming a platform for debate. Before the current debate on Social Therapy goes for Trial by Noisometer, would not an account of 'Social Therapy Policy' (see last week's article by K. Applieton and J. Jolley) be in order? We break Publications Committee policy, on this occasion, to thank Dr. Wallace for his article and to draw our readers' attention to it.
Social Therapy Review
SportsThe football match played on Thursday at home against Royal Albert resulted in yet another win for Winwick by 7 goals to 2. The football team have not lost a match this season and look well on the way to winning their third consecutive league winners medal. This is a great achievement not only because of the skill in winning but it shows the great team spirit which has grown between the players.
Voluntary WorkersAs you all know the department have a number of voluntary workers who come in the evenings to help us entertain on the geriatric wards. Many of these workers are under 18 years and so are not able to be left alone or in charge of a venue on any ward. They are important to us in two ways. The first and most obvious way is the valuable breath of 'fresh-air' they bring on to the wards. Sometimes a change of face or a new person to talk to is as therapeutically valuable as any amount of entertainment any of us can offer. The second way is in the form of not so obvious public relations people. The more people who know what a Psychiatric Hospital is truly like, the better. People are still afraid of the old mental hospital picture and these youngsters who come to us, I'm sure, unconsciously spread the word that it is not a place to be afraid of but a place in which the patient comes first and nobody is ill-treated.
CinemaIt has been requested that staff who accompany patients to the cinema, sit with them and not along the walls. This is to keep all the gangways clear in case of fire. We hope that all staff will adhere to this simple rule in fire precautions.
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CLUB NEWSThe Committee of the Social Club regret any inconvenience caused to members during the next few weeks as the club premises being re-wired and decorated. Sorry about this but we are sure that you will be satisfied with the result. Your host Mr. F. Callaghan is now back after being in hospital and waiting to welcome members old and new.
LIBRARY NEWSThe last few years have seen a boom in the world of Do-It-Yourself; and the area of Education has not been untouched. Among the more popular series are - Teach Yourself and Key Facts. A few of the subjects covered in the Library are: Maths, English, History, Geography, Economics, Etiquette, Antique Collecting, History of Music, Handweaving. Assistance with many subjects is available from the Education Department. More generally our stock includes such authors as Hammond Innes and Alistair Maclean, excellent writers of adventure stories; George Simenon and Ed. McBain, both masters of the Detective novel, although vastly different in style; Jean Plaidy and Barbara Cartland, who appeal to many women; and a host of master-works such as - Moby Dick, Of Mice and Men, Don Quixote. Do you remember The Forsyte Saga on telly? How you could never got hold of a copy of the book? Well, a film has been released recently based on A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess. It has given the poor old Censor quite a problem, violence and sex, you know. We've had a copy of this fine novel for years, and it hasn't been borrowed... yet. Most recent additions to our stock include:-
Soccer my Battlefield/Nobby Stiles
|c)||Basic Standard (magazine title)|
|d)||Apathy or Positive Resistance|
|e)||People v. Environment|
|h)||Role of hospital|
|i)||Feeling and Experience v. Administrative Dictum,|
|j)||Possibility of personal observation and Research. e.g. 'Factors influencing Disturbed Behaviour' e.g.:-|
|i)||The Patient's Illness|
|ii)||The Staff Attitude|
|vi)||Relationship with Relatives|
|viii)||Staff Ratios and Individual Patients' needs for Attention.|
|ix)||Distance from Relatives and Social Services.|
|x)||The weather, solar system, black magic, drugs, etc.|