Fun-filled week ahead for young hospital patients

Face painting

Play specialists at Southampton General Hospital have planned an action-packed programme for young patients during national Play in Hospital Week, which begins on Monday (20 September).

As well as testing out their surgical skills on a giant version of the operation game, children will be able to get their faces painted, meet the clowns and take part in “messy” play.

In addition, the play team will also be raising awareness of the value of play for sick young people and giving an insight into the preparation and distraction items used to soften the hospital experience, including the novel debilitating fears clinic.

The clinic, for young patients with an overwhelming fear of certain medical procedures, sees the play specialists work closely with Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust’s child psychology department and the pain team to provide a relaxed atmosphere and help children to express their concerns to staff.

Fiona Delement, hospital play specialist, said: “We want to make sure our brave children have as much fun as possible during the week, but we also want to take the opportunity to talk to patients, visitors and fellow staff about our role and how we work alongside doctors and nurses to reduce the length of time children spend in hospital.”

Posted on Friday 17 September 2010