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Talking about talent on hospital wards

Oxford Mail: Leah Graham Leah Graham

YOUNGSTERS being cared for at Oxford Children’s Hospital got a break from their treatment with a special art session at a very unusual school.

The Oxfordshire Hospital School is based at the John Radcliffe Hospital, and offers children classes working around their medical requirements.

Artist Dionne Barber was brought in to run workshops getting children to create artwork inspired by the nursing and midwifery standards, with the idea being to make the promises relating to issues such as dignity, respect, care and compassion, meaningful to younger patients.

Leah Graham, 15 from Abingdon, who is being treated for cystic fibrosis, created artwork about communication between nurses and patients.

She said: “I really enjoy coming to the school, and I try to come every day if I can, even if it’s just for 30 minutes at a time.

“It’s nice to be able to have a change of scenery and to learn things at the same time. The project has been great — I love drawing.”

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