TUH Art in Dialysis (L to R): Amateur Jockeys: Glen, Michelle, Grace, Joan with Angela Dillon Pt. enjoying her painting while receiving dialysis treatment. Robert Cox CNM2 standing between amateur jockeys Dan and Nina. James Nolan, Chairman PKRF, Ali Baker Kerrigan, Arts & Health Manager and Lucia Barnes Artist in Residence. Photo credit: Tommy Walsh, Medical Photography.

Tallaght University Hospital runs a varied and vibrant arts programme in the Renal Unit. Patient-centred art and music sessions offer a break from clinical worries that patients may have while undergoing their dialysis treatment, and facilitate creative needs within different capacities for individual patients.

The Arts & Health Department were delighted to welcome James Nolan, Chairman of the Punchestown Kidney Research Fund (PKRF), to join in presentations highlighting key arts and music projects funded by PKRF. Amateur jockeys competing in the Punchestown Festival Charity Race on 4 May were invited to visit the Vartry Renal Unit and meet a number of patients.

On hearing what the creative programme means to patients and how it benefits them, one jockey commented ‘we are all so lucky, and it’s good to give back’. Demonstrations of the State Man Arts Programme and Soothing Sounds Live Music Programme were facilitated in the unit while patients received dialysis treatment, underscoring the importance for support and growth in this area.

The Arts & Health Department wish to thank James Nolan, the PKRF, and Joe and Marie Donnelly for all their continued support in making the arts programmes possible.


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