Small Screen, Big Entertainment: Help us make our patient stays more comfortable

Small Screen, Big Entertainment: Help us make our patient stays more comfortable

We’ve invested in 30 new TVs with DVD players for patient rooms on four mental health wards at the Whiteleaf Centre in Aylesbury.

Our ‘Small Screen, Big Entertainment’ project will enable our patients to relax in their rooms and settle down to watch a movie. Now we need your help in creating a library of suitable DVDs that they can choose from.

So, if you have any unwanted box sets, classic films or comedies you no longer want, Oxford Health Charity is appealing for donations.

Debbie Richards, Executive Managing Director for Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Autism, said: “This project is a fantastic opportunity to enhance patient experience. We understand how difficult it is for patients, especially if they are in our wards for long periods, and we feel this will help improve mental wellbeing and make their stay in our inpatient units more comfortable.”

Every DVD will need to have a British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) rating of U, PG, 12A, 12, 15 or 18, but please no horror or graphic scenes of violence.

Each one will be checked by Oxford Health volunteers for suitability and cleaned before being allowed to be loaned out.

Our appeal is linking in with a well established project led by our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) which operates across all areas of the Trust.

The PALS Exchange has been taking in items such as books, games, clothes and toiletries that can be distributed across all our inpatient wards. A good selection of donated DVDs will now be used for the new equipment at the Whiteleaf Centre.

Julie Pink, Head of Charity and Involvement, said: “Oxford Health Charity is here to support and enhance the experience of patients across the Trust.

“This project to gather DVDs for the inpatient wards in Buckinghamshire is a great example of how something small can make a big difference and we are really happy to be working on it with our colleagues in the PALS team and across the wards.”

So how can you get involved?

We’ve set up a donation box at the Whiteleaf Centre reception in Bierton Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP20 1EG or alternatively please send to: Oxford Health Charity, Warneford Hospital, Warneford Lane, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7JX.

Published: 10 May 2021