Talygarn Hospital

For six weeks in September and October 2013, people on the acute mental health ward at Talygarn hospital, Pontypool enjoyed a series of creative writing workshops with Patrick Jones exploring memories, smells and sounds.

The project was run in partnership with Gwent Arts in Health (GARTH)  and the Occupational Health team at the unit. GARTH aims to develop a permanently funded programme of arts experiences for patients, their families, healthcare staff and local communities that will support improvements to the health and well being of the communities served by the Aneurin Bevam Health Board and enhance their experiences of healthcare services and the physical environment of the Trust’s buildings and estates.

Talygarn provides mental health services for residents of the Torfaen borough. The service comprises of an inpatient ward, which provides 22 beds for adults aged 16 to 65 who are suffering from an acute mental illness, and a Day Hospital which provides a service for 25 adults. The Day Hospital offers a range therapies and interventions for people suffering from an acute mental illness, provided by both nurses and occupational therapists.