Music Therapists from Chiltern Music Therapy have finally been allowed to retur

Fourteen weeks after the group had to temporarily stop our face-to-face sessions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. During that time, the group turned digital; offering online sessions, music packs and iPods to support online therapy.

Music Therapists can now return to face-to-face sessions.

Music Therapist, Ellie Ruddock, returned to the Wycombe Hospital Stroke Unit to provide specialist Neurologic Music Therapy to the inpatients there this week.

Ellie said: “It was fantastic to get back to the Wycombe Stroke Unit after almost 4 months away. I was given a very warm welcome back by the team and I received many comments about how much music had been missed and how much music therapy had been missed.

“We managed to do a joint Occupational Therapy and Music Therapy group session, focusing on upper limb rehab through repetition of movement using percussion instruments, and also a joint Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Music Therapy session with an individual which focused largely on improving mood, increasing focused attention capacity and practicing sitting balance.

“It’s definitely strange to be wearing so much PPE during sessions, but by the end of the day I was used to it! I’ve had to remove some of the musical instruments from the music trolley due to infection control precautions but we’re still able to use a huge range of percussion and melodic instruments with the patients.”