Staff at Norwich hospital form choir

Staff at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital have formed a choir.

Hilary Winch, senior occupational health nurse manager, conducts the choir and members were due to give their first public performance at the hospital's atrium today.

Meeting for an hour every Monday at 5.15pm, the choir is the result of a campaign by the hospital's workplace health and wellbeing team to encourage staff to pursue workshops and activities that enhance their working lives.

'Music and singing are great for general wellbeing so we enlisted the help of our hospital arts co-ordinator to invite staff to join a hospital choir,' says Hilary, who until recently led the choir for the Salvation Army in Norwich. 'People from all corners of the hospital responded and I must say I'm surprised and pleased by their enthusiasm.

'Thursday will be our first 'performance' and we hope people will come along and see that singing can be a lot of fun.'

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Other initiatives by the health and wellbeing team include health checks for all staff, a hospital running club and a slimming group. Staff are also being urged to sign up to Pledge 2012, in conjunction with Active Norfolk, to increase their physical activity in the run up to the Olympics.

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