Summer barbecue at 3 Beatrice Place

On Friday 17 July, staff, patients and their carers, family and friends, came together at 3 Beatrice Place, our continuing care service for older people, to enjoy a barbecue in the summer sun.

The annual event was also attended by the former Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea, Councillor Mrs Maighread Condon-Simmonds, and included live entertainment provided by the League of Friends.

The nursing and catering staff from 3 Beatrice Place served up some delicious barbecue food and a selection of drinks.

One of the highlights of the afternoon was the unveiling of a painting which patients at 3 Beatrice Place and visitors made earlier this year through an art project set up by Dr Robin Powell, CNWL Consultant Psychiatrist.

The project sees those taking part each paint a section of a famous painting. This year it was a recreation of Van Gogh’s The Starry Night which is now displayed in the day room. Next to it is a montage of photos taken during the project and last year’s painting, Picasso’s Le Reve.

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The event was also a chance for patients and staff to reflect on their experiences at 3 Beatrice Place.

Dr Cornelius Kelly, CNWL Divisional Medical Director, said: “The barbecue was a joyful, happy event and I was delighted to meet so many patients and their family members and to hear about their experiences. I heard many positive things about the changes that have taken place over the last year to improve our service at 3 Beatrice Place. Thanks to all our staff who helped to organise such a fantastic occasion!”

As part of an ongoing project, ‘Bringing the outside inside’, staff at 3 Beatrice Place recently launched a traditional 1960s pop-up pub event and they also host a regular coffee shop.

These events provide patients with a space to socialise and gives people who may not be able to go out and about in the local area the chance to experience other environments.

Christine Kapopo, Matron at 3 Beatrice Place, said: “This project was started after feedback that due to their diagnosis, some patients experienced barriers to familiar activities and were at risk of social isolation. We’ve had a lot of positive feedback about these events from patients and their carers, families and friends.”