The way we create and listen to music is intricately tied to how our brains work. Certain tones, melodies, beats, and lyrics can invoke intense feelings and memories.Many doctors are harnessing the power of music to help their patients in clinical settings, from the emergency room to general practitioners’ waiting rooms. One of the most important uses for music therapy in any clinical setting, especially hospitals, is in pain management. Music does not just distract the mind from pain, as some clinicians have theorized, but it can also cause the brain to reinterpret pain signals.With more studies of music therapy’s psychological and physiological efficacy, more hospitals are adopting variations of this treatment across many specialties.
Samaritan Medical, Surgical & Critical Care Unit, located at Elgin Road in Bhowanipore, Kolkata has launched a musical & melody themed OPD department for the very first time in the city, following the concept of “Rhythm of Life”. The entire focus of the theme is to practice the soothing & healing power of music to offer peace and comfort to the patients and also pay tribute to the legendary vocal treasures of India. The launch witnessed the presence of distinct guests, including legendary singer Usha Uthup and singer-composer Soumitra Ray.
Apart from them, notable medical personalities like Dr. Anindya Maitra, MRCP (UK) General Physician Dr. Kundan Chourasiya were also a part of the launch event. Samaritan is the first Medical, Surgical & Critical Care Unit in Kolkata and West Bengal to incorporate musical theme in the medical section. Earlier, it has already introduced cabins with themes based on Rabindranath Tagore, Mahatma Gandhi, and Netaji. Now, they have unveiled an OPD with a musical theme. The theme emphasises on paying tribute to legendary singers Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, R.D. Burman, Mohammad Rafi, and Manna Dey with their wall murals and their popular song lyrics. The main goal of the themed OPD, which was launched with this in mind, is to provide patients with a stress-free, comfortable, and relaxing environment so they can briefly forget about their illnesses and conditions in favour of taking in some visual stimulation while paying attention to some soothing musical ambience. With calming sounds to get involved in, it provides an escape from the anxiety caused by the ailments. The “Rhythm of Life” themed OPD is evidence of excellence and innovation in healthcare, providing patients with a special and memorable experience.
At Samaritan, every effort is made to give each patient the finest possible healthcare. Additionally, Samaritan has included medical services that mark the milestone of being the first installation in eastern India of a state-of-the-art premium ultrasound machine with the latest Zone Sonography Technology with full single crystal transducers, and whole body shear wave elastography, along with a fully automated laboratory. On the successful launch of the themed OPD, Ballari Chatterjee, the head of corporate communication, commented, “Music has the power to heal, and at Samaritan, we intend to take that power to a whole new level with our unique OPD. As we launched this initiative, we remained committed to providing our patients with the best healthcare experience, one that not only addresses their physical needs but also nurtures their emotional well-being. We believe that by combining the healing power of music with our state-of-the-art facilities and compassionate care, we can create a truly transformative healthcare experience.”