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Sister uses board games to support brain injury patients

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A ward sister at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham has been helping patients with brain injuries on the road to recovery.

Claire Lynch, a ward sister at the hospital, which is part of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, purchased a range of games for all ages.

“We’ve already seen a huge difference in our patients who have been able to use the games”

Claire Lynch

These included Snakes and Ladders, which helps patients develop turn taking and following rules, as well as word matching games that can help patients’ speech and object recognition.

Ms Lynch said: “We decided to purchase games to help aid patients’ recovery from brain injury, after noticing the common challenges they face.

“By encouraging patients to follow rules, patterns and make decisions from information they receive, we can help improve their memory, speech and fine motor skills, which can often suffer following brain injury,” she said.

She added: “We’ve already seen a huge difference in our patients who have been able to use the games.

“Patients attention span, ability to perform tasks and short term memory have all been improved, helping start the rehabilitation process while they are still in an acute hospital setting,” said Ms Lynch.

“We also find that patients with brain injuries can become agitated and confused”

Claire Lynch

Ms Launch purchased the games, plus a computer tablet and DVD player, using a £500 grant from the hospital’s charity.

“The tablet and DVD players help eliminate boredom, which reduces frustration and helps to keep patients engaged,” she said.

The QEHB Charity’s Sprinkle Some Magic grant scheme is intended to provide extra resources to help frontline clinicians improve patient experience.

Tina Hales, grants officer at QEHB Charity, said: “We were more than happy to give a grant of £500 to ward 407 to help brain injury patients recover from their injuries.”

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