Wendie and the Giggle Doctors

by Susan Maxwell (Patient Governor)—The Council of Governors was most impressed to hear that patient governor Wendie McWatters has raised more than £20,000 in the last few years in order to entertain children in our hospital. The money has been spent employing Giggle Doctors (two female performers) spreading magic, joy and laughter round the wards, A&E and outpatients.

Susan-Maxwell2.jpgSusan Maxwell, Patient Governor

E: susan.maxwell@chelwest.nhs.uk

The Council of Governors was most impressed to hear that patient governor Wendie McWatters has raised more than £20,000 in the last few years in order to entertain children in our hospital. The money has been spent employing Giggle Doctors (two female performers) spreading magic, joy and laughter round the wards, A&E and outpatients.

Wendie’s latest venture, in collaboration with Vanessa Sloane (Head of Paediatrics and Neonatal Nursing) is to involve storyteller, art and drama practitioner Janine Marsh to come into the hospital on Saturdays, when the wards are quiet. Her sessions will be tailored to patients up to 12 years old involving singing, creating stories using objects as stimulus, and storyboards. Hopefully, this will be the start of a book of stories attributed to young patients at Chelsea and Westminster.

Amanda Swift, a 10-times published children’s author, will attend the school from time to time, to read and discuss her work.

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