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Music therapy

Music therapy offers a valuable creative outlet for the many different and sometimes challenging feelings that children may experience during their stay in hospital e.g. fear, anxiety, isolation and low self- esteem.

The hospital now has 3 music therapists who visit children on the wards with a guitar and a trolley of instruments. Sessions take place by the bedside or sometimes in groups in the wards' playrooms.


Who might benefit from music therapy?

Although any child may benefit from the opportunity music therapy provides for self-expression and reflection, priority is usually given to:

  • Children with additional needs or those who have difficulties in communicating verbally.
  • Children who are in hospital long term for oncology treatment or neuro-rehabilitation.
  • Babies who are expected to be in hospital long term and who need sensory interactions.
  • Children who are particularly anxious and who may find music therapy helps with the emotional demands of their stay.


If you or your child would like to receive music therapy during your hospital stay you can speak to one of the nurses or the play specialists on your ward or contact Karen, Caroline or Claire on 01173428778.

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Music therapy at Bristol Children's hospital is funded by Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal and provided by MusicSpace