The launch of ‘Rhyme Time’ spreads positivity at The Great North Children’s Hospital
Rhyme Time is the fantastic new initiative launched by the Great North Children’s Hospital, which gives patients and families an opportunity to be involved in a weekly activity including singing, dancing and storytelling.
The project was thought up by Jade Ryles, Neuro Oncology Nurse Specialist at Great North Children’s Hospital.
Jade, who started her role as Neuro Oncology Nurse Specialist in October 2011, works with children and young people with cancer, supporting them from initial diagnosis right through to treatment.
Working throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Jade had the brilliant idea to spread some positivity with a new project called ‘Rhyme Time’.
Jade’s idea came from being on maternity leave and attending classes with her daughters where she sang songs and listened to stories.
When she returned to work after her maternity leave in December 2019, she thought about how much she missed doing the classes and how a lot of parents and children in hospital don’t have the opportunity to enjoy those activities with their children.
The project started off in lockdown and has been a great way of keeping inpatients entertained, as well as keeping in touch with patients who have been shielding at home.
Rhyme Time has become a weekly activity on the wards, with our fabulous play specialists singing rhymes and guest story tellers telling stories. Rhyme Time is filmed and uploaded to You Tube so children all over can enjoy joining in. Each episode has a fun theme for children, which is explored in the singing and story.
Jade explained; “Rhyme Time is an opportunity to showcase all the amazing and different clinical areas across the Great North Children’s Hospital where it is filmed and hopefully make children less anxious when they come to hospital.”
“The Great North Children’s Hospital is the first Hospital in the UK to offer something like Rhyme Time and the team are really proud of how successful it has been so far.”
To continue the success, the Rhyme Time team would love as many people as possible to get involved and get behind the idea. If you would like to get involved or to find out more, please contact the Rhyme Time team on Nuth.GNCH.Events@nhs.net.
Rhyme Time is available on YouTube and is accessible to current and past inpatients as well as the local community, school and toddler groups. https://youtu.be/r1HhHLo0dbk
Page last updated: 30 July, 2020, 5:26pm