Movies for patients during operations at Prince Philip Hospital
Patients at Llanelli’s Prince Philip Hospital can now catch up with the latest blockbusters during surgery.
Following a very successful fundraiser to buy iPods for patients, staff in the hospital’s theatres department found they had some left over money.
Kim Jones, Healthcare Support Worker had the idea to purchase a portable DVD player to enable patients to watch films and TV to pass the time in surgery and in recovery.
And feedback from patients who have taken up the offer to watch a film or TV programme during surgery has been overwhelmingly positive.
Geoff Thomas, from Pemberton in Llanelli, was the first patient to benefit: “Being able to watch something whilst in surgery was a great help to pass the time. The nurses mentioned to me before I went into my hernia operation that I could watch a DVD and I chose a golf film, it really was that simple. The distraction really helped my experience.”
Nurse manager Angela Festa, who works in Recovery Anaesthetics at Prince Philip Hospital, said: “We’ve been able to offer this for a while but we’re not sure how many people are aware that this is available. We’d love to see patients in future coming in for their pre-operative check having already created a surgery playlist or with their own DVDs!
“There are studies that show that the use of music and television is therapeutic and can ease the stress of surgery. Historically, we would offer patients receiving a spinal anaesthetic additional sedation to help keep them calm. They would often feel groggy afterwards and require a bit longer in recovery.
“Now that we can offer sedation or Pirates of the Caribbean, it is amazing to see how much quicker our patients recover after their surgery when choosing to stay alert to watch a film.”
Purchasing a DVD player was the idea of Kim Jones, Healthcare Support Worker in theatres at Prince Philip Hospital: “We realise the experience may not be for everyone but it is exciting for us to be able to offer this choice to our patients and the feedback from those who have used the player or the iPods has been fantastic.
“We’d like to thank the many local businesses that supported us with donations of various raffle prizes to enable us to buy these pieces of equipment to benefit our patients. We’d like to thank the League of Friends of Prince Philip Hospital who have recently helped us buy an additional DVD player for patients to use. Also if any one has DVDs they no longer need our library selection is always in need of refresh!”
Patients due to receive a spinal anaesthetic at Prince Philip Hospital are offered the choice to watch a film or listen to music during their surgery. The team can offer a choice of DVDs, depending on the length of surgery or patients are welcome to bring their own.