A whole lotta shakin' going on as new era begins

Yesterday, to mark the start of us running the Queen Mary's Hospital site, patients and staff were treated to some up-tempo 50s and 60s rock and roll from the Baker Boys. 

The Baker Boys duo visited the Step Up Step Down rehabilitation unit at the hospital and performed a range of hits by the likes of Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Bill Haley and Jerry Lee Lewis.

They were given a generous round of applause and thanked personally by several patients afterwards. Alan Dunmall and Richard Mitchell (pictured above) both enjoyed the performance. Alan told us: "They were wonderful. If it wasn't for my broken hip I'd have been up dancing!"

The Baker Boys are part of the Music in Hospitals group, a charity who provide professionally performed live music in hospitals, hospices, day care centres, special schools, nursing and residential homes. Paul and Tony both gave up their time for free. Tony told us that he does this "to give people the chance to hear live music. During the performance you see people liven up and the toes start tapping which is great. It is good therapy."  

We took over owning Queen Mary's on 1 October when South London Healthcare NHS Trust was dissolved. We are running services at the hospital in partnership with several other NHS organisations. You can find out more about the new arrangements and development plans at the Queen Mary's Hospital website or by watching the video below.

Published on 1st October 2013