Woodstock musician to play in Central West hospitals

Blair Gough (left) performs for a patient in hospital. Blair has been busy training with Arts Outwest to become a musician in hospitals.

Blair Gough (left) performs for a patient in hospital. Blair has been busy training with Arts Outwest to become a musician in hospitals.

Hospital stays can be times of worry however a group of musicians from the Central West are hoping to make life a little brighter for patients. 

Arts OutWest has trained six people from the Central West to work as specialised Musicians in Hospitals.

Training took place on June 26 and 27 at Parkes Hospital. 

One of those musicians is guitarist Blair Gough from Woodstock.

Blair said the training was better than he could ever imagine.  

“It was fantastic, we went to Parkes and all met up,” he said 

“There are a variety of musicians, there’s a harp player, a timber drum, a ukulele player, myself playing guitar and harmonica. 

“We all got on really well and did the training with Skype sessions… On the second day we went into pairs and went into three different situations in the hospital.

“It was life changing.” 

Blair recalls one situation where he was asked by the family of a palliative care patient to play at their bedside. 

“We were in the physiotherapy department… we played upbeat songs,” he said.  

“Then this family came and asked if we could play in palliative care.” 

“He loved music and when we played, he opened his eyes and kicked his leg and he hadn't opened his eyes all day.” 

He said this moment has inspired him to want to continue playing in hospitals. 

“It was awesome and I love it and the response from the family was so incredible, they are so grateful and the staff as well,” he said. 

“It creates a great atmosphere in the whole hospital and people love it, it’s different.” 

Blair said he has gigs lined up in Parkes and Forbes hospital. 

“It’s getting more recognition as a genuine health practice. I hope it gets more popular, you can just see the benefits it provides.” 

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