Stroke patients at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow were treated to a special visit from veteran actor Bill Paterson, as he launched an innovative new scheme to aid their recovery.
Following a stroke, patients can experience varying levels of communications difficulties. For the first time in Scotland, professional actors from InterAct Stroke Support will deliver regular, live reading sessions to stroke patients in the Queen Elizabeth to encourage interaction and boost their confidence as they recover.
Bill, who received a BAFTA lifetime achievement award, is an ambassador for InterAct Stroke Support which is now operating in Scotland for the first time. Bill was joined by Alison Peebles, a BAFTA-nominated and award-winning Scottish actress, director, and writer in theatre, film, and television.
The late Richard Briers, a strong supporter of the charity, once described the service as ‘like good food for the brain’.
NHSGGC General Manager for older people Arwel Williams said: “We are delighted to be the first in the country to work with InterAct to bring this great scheme to the Queen Elizabeth. There is a lot of evidence to support this work, which helps improve mood, stimulates the brain and boosts communication – as well as just being good fun and entertaining!
“Our patients very much enjoyed meeting Bill and Alison and we were very grateful for their visit.”
Bill said: “I am very pleased to be involved in the scheme and indeed learn from it. It’s a very simple act of therapy – storytelling and it’s been great to see the joy on the ladies’ faces. It was real, it was palpable.
“It really is a win win. It’s great for both the patients and the actors, as they get valuable experience too. In the electronic world we live in it is lovely to see such rich interaction.”
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