Our Playroom Team based at the L&D’s Children’s Ward helps to provide similar care to a Play Specialist, and we asked them to give us situations where they felt they really made a difference. This is what they had to say:
“We have one patient who has spent her whole life in hospital, either with us or GOSH/KINGS Hospital in London. She really likes princesses so we arranged for the group ‘Awesome Themed Kids Parties’ to come in and spend time with her, which she absolutely loved! This patient still speaks about this wonderful experience, and how it really lifted her spirits as it was so positive for her to do something so normal, even though she was still in hospital.”
“On another occasion, one of our Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) arranged for a long-term patient to go to the Luton Fire Station, as she loved Fireman Sam. Opportunities like these help our young patients to experience things they are otherwise missing out on while in hospital, enabling them to make memories, both for themselves and their families.”
These stories show how much difference play can make to a patient’s experience in our hospital. We need your help to provide a Play Specialist for our Children’s ED!