Never mind dancing in the streets – they’ve been dancing on the ward in Morriston Hospital. Patients and staff were not only treated to some first-class music as part of a week-long celebration but some spontaneous Irish dancing too. There was also a grand piano at the far end of the main waiting area for people to have a go at tinkling the ivories. The festival featured concerts by Pegbox, a cello and violin duo playing Irish music, harpist and soprano Joy Cornock, and the Artemis Trio, which specialises in French music. But there was also some unplanned extra entertainment when Pegbox gave a performance on Ward D, which looks after mainly elderly patients. Caroline Thomas, lead nurse for medicine, treated everyone to a spur of the moment display of Irish dancing – captured on our video. “It was completely spontaneous,” said Caroline, who trained in Irish dancing as a youngster growing up in Donegal. “The music was so good and I just got caught up in the moment.” In her younger days Caroline won medals and trophies, including the Donegal Cup. She doesn’t compete any more but does dance in ceilidhs during trips back to Ireland, with her sister and 94-year-old dad among the musicians. “It was lovely being able to do something different for our patients rather than just have them sitting there,” added Caroline. The video also features Ward D Petula Klepp and healthcare support worker Gaynor Richards improvising a dance routine with a pair of Zimmer frames. Ward manager Claire Morris said: “We focus mainly on the care of the older adult and we are always looking for different activities for the patients. “It was a pleasure to welcome Pegbox and the reaction from both staff and patients showed how much they enjoyed. “To see patients with dementia getting so involved was an eye-opener and very emotional. “The musicians were excellent and even played a request for a gentleman outside his cubicle as he couldn't come out.” Morriston Music Week, sponsored by consultant cardiologist Mark Ramsey, was organised by ABMU arts in health coordinator Prue Thimbleby. But it wasn’t just a one-off as there are now live performances two Sundays a month from 3pm-4pm in the main waiting area.