While you’re a patient in the Teenage and Young Adult (TYA) service at The Christie, we have a number of social activities you can take part in.

Social hubs

Palatine ward has two ‘social hubs’ for TYA patients and their friends and family.

On the 1st floor, there is a large social space with a TV area, kitchen, activity table and vending machine.

On the 2nd floor, there is a pool table, a football table, a juke box, a computer hub and a chill out area. Patients are encouraged to use the social hub when they are inpatients and when they are having treatment on the day unit.

We have a large collection of DVDs and PlayStation and Xbox games.

The hub is open 24 hours a day but we do ask that you keep noise to a minimum after 9pm.

Music service

The music room is on the 2nd floor of Palatine ward. It has a number of instruments and patients can use it all day, every day if they wish to.

The music tutor is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

2 days a week, we hold music sessions on the unit, either in the music room or in the social hub.

You do not need to be musical or play an instrument – everyone is welcome. We encourage family members, friends and carers to get involved too.

Sessions can involve:

  • playing and learning different instruments
  • writing and recording songs
  • rehearsing and performing
  • jamming
  • large group instrumental sessions

You can access these sessions if you’re an inpatient or an outpatient. Please ask your key worker for details and keep your eye on the notice boards as activities can be added on a weekly basis.

Complementary therapy

Complementary therapy is available for patients and their parents or carers. A therapist is available on Mondays to Fridays and they work with all patients on Palatine ward.

You can make an appointment with the complementary therapist or you will be offered a treatment on an ad hoc basis when you are a patient.

Online gaming and free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi is available for patients and visitors throughout the hospital. You will need to find the network ‘Christie Guest’ to connect. Please speak to a member of staff if you’re struggling to access the network.

Online gaming is available in rooms 1 to 10 on Palatine ward. You can access this by using the spare port in the back of the TVs using an Ethernet cable. Please ask on the ward if you need an Ethernet cable – we usually have one available. The online gaming is a separate service to the guest Wi-Fi.

Art materials

Once a week, we have an artist running workshops on the Palatine ward. We also have a range of art materials available you can use for your own craft projects including:

  • Acrylic painting
  • Card making kits
  • Jewellery making

Facebook page

The TYA service has a Facebook page (YOU TeenTo Twenties). You can use this to stay in touch with and contact other patients. We use this page to send invites to upcoming events and activities.

Please note this page is not for advice about treatment.

You can communicate with staff about activities and events only on this page. Please be aware that this page is for TYA patients only, not family or friends. The site is moderated by the youth support coordinators. Any improper use will result in your ‘friend’ status to this page being removed.

Last updated: April 2021