NHS70 – Wednesday 4th July: A slice of wellbeing in NHS70 Celebration week!

Wherever you work, whatever you do, it’s important to take some time to concentrate on your own physical and mental wellbeing.

Today, as part of the NHS 70th Birthday Celebrations, our Brighton-based staff got an opportunity to try yoga and Pilates in their lunchbreak. Yoga can be beneficial for a wide range of physical and medical ailments, and helps to build muscle strength. Pilates can also be used to help improve muscle tone, balance and posture.

Looking after our mental wellbeing is as important as keeping ourselves physically fit. Paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you – can improve your mental wellbeing.

Mindfulness practice is one way of doing this – and staff in Brighton and Princess Royal, Haywards Heath, got the chance to take in a taster session today.

While providing top quality patient care may not rely on a clinician being able to get into a Cross Legged Twist pose on a regular basis, keeping physically and mentally supple certainly helps all of our colleagues to respond to the many and varied healthcare needs of our patients!

Staff at the Alex Children’s Hospital were put on the spot with a question about how they might improve their wellbeing at a Wellbeing Wednesday event today.  Suggestions included use the stairs more, establish a golf society , play rounders, and even set up a swimming rally!

Finally, following on from her outstanding talk on Monday, our Heritage Officer Samantha Sharman unveiled a Heritage project display in the Chapel within the Barry Building. She’s inviting visitors to add their BSUH story to a ‘My Story’ postcard box, or share it through Twitter.

Outside of the hospital, members of the Brighton & Hove City Branch NHS Retirement Fellowship have opened an exhibition in the Jubilee Library in Brighton.

The NHS Retirement Fellowship established in 1978 by Irene James OBE, will also celebrate the 40th Anniversary of support & friendship to all retirees of the National Health Service.

The exhibition will include pre and post NHS stories, memories, photos & events contributed by their members.  The exhibition was opened by the Mayor of Brighton, and BSUH’s Medical Director, Rob Haigh, attended with a large, very interested, crowd. Do make time to go and see the exhibition for yourself!

Thank You to Faye Heffernan for arranging the yoga, Pilates and Mindfulness sessions, to Samantha for the Heritage Project display and to all of the colleagues to made the Wellbeing Boards possible!

How have you been getting into the NHS 70 Birthday Celebration spirit? Share your stories or pictures with us by Tweeting us directly (@BSUH_NHS) and using the hashtags #NHS70 and #BSUH.

Our Facebook page is also the perfect place to share your recollections of life at the Trust through the years.