The art programme for patients in the Renal Dialysis Unit at Tallaght Hospital continues to develop, with six artists now working in the unit, lead by Ms Lucia Barnes, Artist and Nurse. The artists are Kim Jenkinson, Orla Bass, Lua Flannery, Margaret Lawlor and Aileen Malone. This report gives a brief update on the work of the programme this year. We hope it will inspire others to set up art programmes for patients awaiting transplant and/or attending renal dialysis units.
The National Centre for Arts and Health exists to improve patient care and to promote the benefits of the arts in health. Situated in Tallaght Hospital, the centre aims to improve the hospital experience for patients, to explore the therapeutic potential of the arts, to build positive links with the local community and to make the arts accessible to patients who cannot access traditional arts venues. For more information on the arts programme contact Hilary Moss, National Centre for Arts and Health, Tallaght Hospital on 01 414 2076 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.