Bingo amoung activities that could decrease time in hospital

Written by: Nikola Zugic on 15/01/2011 09:40

Doctors have recently suggested that adding activities such as bingo, art classes and generally improving the view patients have from their window can and will lower levels of depression, anxiety and improve recovery time.

The report, seen on the Observer, stated "Hospitalisation presents specific stresses over and above those associated with illness, ranging from environmental factors such as unfamiliar surroundings to the lack of privacy and independence, and uncertainty about ill-health outcomes."


It is suggested that by offering activities such as bingo patients will be given the opportunity to relax, take their minds off of being ill and generally be encouraged to move around more than they usually would.

Dr Vivienne Nathanson, the BMA's head of science and ethics, said: "Some simple and inexpensive soft, non-clinical things – such as getting more daylight in, planting some trees outside the ward, or encouraging patients to wander around a bit – can help shorten a patient's time in hospital and reduce their demand for pain relief.”


Other suggestions included playing cards, listening to classical music, increasing the light in rooms and of course general cleanliness of wards. We’d have to agree that bingo can keep the mind sharp and encourage hospital trusts to take note of the advice. Implementing some of the measures certainly could make unpleasant visits to the hospital a much more bearable experience.

Via: The Guardian

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