Wednesday 28 September 2016

Michael Sheen visits patients at home town hospital

Published 24/12/2015 | 12:06

Hollywood star Michael Sheen talks to senior nurse Olwen Morgan as he meets staff at Neath Port Talbot Hospital
Hollywood star Michael Sheen talks to senior nurse Olwen Morgan as he meets staff at Neath Port Talbot Hospital

Actor Michael Sheen has brought Christmas cheer to patients at a hospital ward.

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The Welsh actor spent about an hour touring ward B2 at the 270-bed Neath Port Talbot Hospital in west Glamorgan.

During the visit he recorded a sequence about Christmas in his home town of Port Talbot for Radio Four's Today programme.

As part of the show, due to be broadcast on Monday, he visited places in the town that had a special meaning for him.

The actor, who has starred in films including The Queen and The Damned United, said: " I wanted to do a bit of the programme about Christmas in Port Talbot.

"We wanted to come to the hospital and talk to a few people, the staff and the patients, people who will be here over the Christmas period, and get a sense of what Christmas might be like for all of them."

He was guided around the ward by senior nurse Olwen Morgan and stopped to chat to patients, relatives, nurses, doctors and catering staff.

Sheen, 46, was also shown the ward's Pili Pala - or butterfly - room, which is filled with memorabilia and used for reminiscence therapy.

"There's been a lot of effort put in to make a Christmassy feeling," he said.

"The decorations and the Christmas tree are fantastic. It's obviously hard to be away from home over Christmas. But a lot of effort has been put in by the staff and everyone coming together to make it a special Christmas no matter what."

Lesley Jenkins, nursing director of the hospital, said: "We were delighted to welcome Michael.

"This is his local hospital and he is very supportive of it. His visit lifted everyone's spirits.

"The granddaughter of one of the patients Michael spoke to told me afterwards it had really made her grandmother's Christmas.

"We were just really appreciative he spent the time with us."

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