The soft voice of musician Nick Pickett and the strumming of his guitar are entertaining the young patients in Bear Ward.
Sam Wallace’s bed is surrounded by balloons, toys and other reminders of home. His grandmother, Viv Green, says the music has a transformative effect.
“Oh, Sammy loves music, he has always loved music.
Keira and Ian Bowers
Three-year-old Keira has been in hospital since the middle of June with heart failure.
She needs a Berlin mechanical heart, which helps her own heart pump blood around the body.
Her father Ian says the music makes a “big difference.
“It gives them a lift with the musical instruments, just to take their mind off where they are and the conditions they have.
“It perks her day up so it makes her feel wanted in a respect, so it does leave a lasting impression.”
“It just makes him happy. He will sing and dance. He loves to dance, he moves with the music as soon as he hears it and it just brightens him up completely – he’s a different boy.”
But is the bedside entertainment having a clinical benefit on children such as Sam? Can a rendition of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star actually help patients?
A team at the hospital and University of Roehampton tried to find out.
The impact of the music was compared with storytelling or just leaving a child alone.