The team consists of five qualified hospital play specialists; two full time and three part time. The team works Monday through to Friday 07:30 till 17:00hrs; providing a service for the Children’s Unit, Children’s Outpatients including an outreach service for the community whilst also receiving referrals from various departments on an ad hoc basis.
Our daily duties are inclusive of psychological and pos procedural play to prepare and distract children and young people for surgical and medical procedures such as pre-operational clinics/visits, to theatre, blood tests, x-rays etc.
The hospital play specialists accompany children, young people and their parent/carer to the anaesthetic room to provide distraction, comfort and support where needed.
The play team endeavour to ensure that all children and young people’s experiences are that of a positive nature aiming to alleviate fears, anxieties and tears throughout their hospital journey.