ICU Hear – Manchester and beyond!

ITV Manchester Feature of ICU Hear

BBC Feature of ICU Hear

Our pioneering ICU-Hear project, originally piloted at Manchester Royal Infirmary is gathering momentum! The musicians who have taken part in this project are building on their experiences and are providing a regular programme of live music at the hospital. Since July 2016 we have organised around 50 concerts at the MRI.

And, from October 2017, we’re thrilled that the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield will be receiving monthly concerts from resident flautist, Jenny Dyson.

Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport has also received 9 concerts, with more pending. We have also introduced ICU-Hear concerts to The Christie, Salford Royal and Aintree Hospital in Liverpool, all of which have been wonderfully received. We are continuing on this path and will be introducing ICU-Hear to the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle this September and October.

Alex Larkin Consultant Nurse Critical Care at Salford Royal:
“Very peaceful settling atmosphere was induced by the clarinet. (The music) was extremely well received by all.

One patient commented he could ‘feel’ the music and got real pleasure from the experience. This session provides some brief enjoyable respite for all in the critical care area who find themselves in stressful, traumatic and upsetting situations.”

As a result of this exciting project, Music in Hospitals & Care is delighted to have been invited to the British Association of Critical Care Nurses Annual Conference in London on 4th & 5th September 2017 to showcase the types of music we provide for intensive care and high dependency units.

We will continue to fundraise to help continue to provide these deeply valuable musical moments for critically ill patients.

This pioneering project by MiHC Manchester was kick-started by Helen Ashley Taylor, a former patient at Manchester Royal Infirmary and volunteer for Music in Hospitals. Helen is now a Trustee of MiHC.

  • It’s a nice moment when the music is played and the patients can be calm.
    Sarah Knowles, Staff Nurse, Manchester Royal Infirmary

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