The Chiswick Nursing Centre recently played host to 20 doctors, consultants and physicians from the Shanghai province of China.
We were part of a week-long educational tour that also took in local NHS hospitals and GP surgeries. It afforded the healthcare professionals good opportunities to see UK facilities first hand and to learn how the UK healthcare system works.
Seeing our services in action at The Chiswick helped them to understand the complexities of running a major clinical service that meets the needs of patients of varying ages and with differing healthcare requirements.
They were suitably impressed with the high quality and extent of our services, which exceed those available in China. They were also keen to better understand the various ways in which provision can be funded within the UK.
Having toured the building, seen what we have to offer close up, and talk to staff and residents, the group headed off to ‘Harrods’ for some last minute souvenir and gift shopping before their flight back to China.
Centre Director, Steve Winter said: “We always welcome the opportunity to show anyone our wonderful facilities and encourage any potential new customers to visit us before making an informed decision to come and stay. Hosting a group of medical professionals from China has been a great way to spread the word about The Chiswick Nursing Centre to a worldwide audience.”
If you can’t get to the theatre, then get the theatre to come to you. And so it was that the Tabard Theatre brought a shortened version of its play ‘Paradise Lodge’ to the CNC.
The musical comedy stars Steve Cooper and Sophie Osborne, who play multiple roles in the production. Set in the 1940s, the play, which was written by Steve, is based on his experience in caring for his mother-in-law when she had dementia.
Residents sang along and laughed as they identified with some of the scenes and the recollections they evoked.
CNC resident, Erica said afterwards: “I really enjoyed it and it was very well done. The actors were very nice and truthful. They sang Gracie Fields, Al Jolson and other songs. My favourite was ‘The White Cliffs of Dover’. When I first came to England I heard this song a lot so it brought back good memories.”
past three years, a group of stroke recovery patients at the Chiswick Nursing
Centre have been getting together on a weekly basis under the banner of CNC
United Stroke Club. To aid their progress, they have undertaken a series of
creative activities designed to stimulate their memories and imaginations. Projects have included plays, stories and
the Spring of 2019, Fraser Cains and Hannah Ringham from the InterAct Stroke Support Charity have joined Residents
on Wednesday afternoons to facilitate a poetry project. Together, the group has
created a series of poems and recipes based on their memories and experiences.
These have now been compiled into a book.
changing seasons have provided much inspiration. Here are just a few lines
prompted by the Autumn season:
Copper gold rust red
Amber and khaki leaves brush the
Autumns fading sun casts long
Across the now barren pastures
Horse chestnuts sprinkle the
Chestnuts are roasted to ward
away the chill
project has also been supported by Nirjay Mahindru, Chief Executive of InterAct
Stroke Support, CNC staff members, Daphne, Chris and Patricia, All Saints
Fulham Parochial Church Council which helped fund the scheme and a Relative of
one Group member, Vernon Burgess, who not only helped to sponsor the
group but wrote the original poem that inspired the team to create the project.
Sixteen Chiswick residents, plus
family and friends, were captivated by the London Children’s Ballet Touring
Company which visited The Chiswick Nursing Centre in September.
The troupe performed a 30-minute
ballet based on ‘The Secret Garden’, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s famous novel. It
tells the story of a young girl, orphaned in India, who is sent to live with an
elderly uncle in England. Here she discovers a hidden secret garden which she
lovingly brings back to life and, in the process, transforms the lives of
people living in the house.
The Chiswick’s Activities Co-ordinator,
Chris, says the event went down really well: “It was amazing that the whole
room was focused on the dancers – and the atmosphere was very serene. Everyone
was clapping and several people were able to move their bodies in time to the
The Centre will continue to build
its links with the Ballet Company and hopes for future performances soon.