Musician in residence Frankie Simpkins sings well known oldies accompanied by her ukulele on the Older Patient Unit’s. Songs are chosen to complement and enhance the atmosphere on the wards. If things are very busy and fraught then she might sing slower quieter songs to promote a calmer atmosphere, likewise, if the ward is low and down she will sing uplifting songs to lift the mood.
She takes requests and is always willing to learn a patients favourite song if she doesn’t already know it.
The music Frankie sings often promotes reminiscence and discussion so a lot of time can be spent talking to patients about their experiences and memories that were evoked through her singing.