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APOLLO PROJECT Cheltenham General Hospital Oncology Unit

The Apollo Project is a Poet-in-residence scheme in the Oncology Department at Cheltenham General Hospital. Poet Brenda Read-Brown worked with patients and their carers to create poems that distract and entertain, and express feelings of anxiety and hope.

Name of Organisation:

Cheltenham General Hospital Oncology Unit

 

Title of project/programme:

Poetry in Oncology Project/Apollo Project

 

Dates of project/programme:

  • Oncology Outpatients, Cheltenham Hospital, as part of the Gloucestershire Art Lift project 2007
  • Poetry with Oncology In-patients 2008
  • Apollo Project 2008-11

Summary:

The Poetry in Oncology project began as part of the Gloucestershire Art Lift project. This project brought together artists with patients in 15 health care settings across Gloucestershire from March to September 2007. Art lift artists worked with participants on a one-to-one or group basis, across a range of art forms – including poetry, textiles, painting and ceramics. The project was led by Gloucestershire County Council Arts Department in partnership with the Gloucestershire Primary Care Trusts, 5 Gloucestershire District Councils, arts venues and other arts and medical professionals from within the county.

Following the success of the Art Lift project in 2007-08, funding was obtained to appoint poet Brenda Read-Brown to conduct an action research study, looking at shaping a suitable programme for a permanent poet-in residence position within the department. The result was the Apollo Project which is a Poet-in-residence scheme in the Oncology Department at Cheltenham General Hospital. Poet Brenda Read-Brown worked with patients and their carers to create poems that distract and entertain, and express feelings of anxiety and hope. From January 2009 Brenda worked fortnightly with patients and their carers within outpatients, as well as a six-week pilot programme in Radiotherapy. The project was overseen by the Apollo Project Steering Group (APSG), which includes representation from the Oncology department, Cheltenham Borough Council and Arts in Trust, the hospital arts programme.

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