Denis Campbell, Health Correspondent, The Observer, January 2011:
The NHS should use bingo, art classes and beds with views of green spaces to help patients beat the boredom, depression and social isolation of being in hospital, doctors' leaders are urging.
Drama therapy, sunnier rooms, live musical performances and quieter wards would also help make patients happier and speed their recovery, says the British Medical Association. A new report from the BMA's Board of Science, seen by the Observer, highlights how a spell in hospital will prove tedious and dispiriting for many patients.
It says hospitals should do more to stop those receiving treatment from simply lounging around in their pyjamas in bed for much of the day. Read more>>