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Right Arrow Play in Hospital Week – bring your Teddy for a health check! - PR/20/0506
19 September 2005 at 13:14
As part of Play in Hospital Week, there is to be an open afternoon at the Children’s Outpatient Department at Ormskirk & District General Hospital, when children of all ages are invited to bring their teddy for a health check! The ‘Teddy Clinic’ will be open from 12 noon to 5pm on Friday 23rd September.

Hospital Play Specialists Amanda Walker, Lisa Spike, Caroline Bailey, Janet Sergeant and Ann Worsley will be on hand to help the children join in the fun and games. These will include, face painting, badge and sticker making, name the Teddy and win a prize, a Teddy Tombola and ‘Pin the Plaster on the Teddy’.

Amanda Walker, Play Specialist at Ormskirk Children’s Unit said, “A lot of my friends think I spend all day finger painting, but it’s far more complicated than that! Yes, one of our tasks is to help prevent children who are staying in hospital getting bored and to help them have as pleasant an experience as possible, but our main duties are in the various clinics helping the doctors, nurses and other clinical staff. If a child has to have an injection or some other test, then it is our job to distract them, helping to take their mind off what is happening by interacting with them.”

It is recognised that if a child is less worried about going into and staying in hospital, then recovery can be quicker. To help with this, Amanda and her colleagues invite children to come to the hospital prior to their stay. She explained, “We invite children who are coming to stay for a length of time and their parents to come and look round before hand. It gives them a chance to see where they will be staying, meet some of the staff and see what else there is in the hospital. We can also help children with some of their phobias, particularly needle phobia. I also hold an event on Saturday mornings with an interactive Teddy Bear, that children can ‘take blood’ from or put bandages on or learn something more about being in hospital.”

Parents and children are invited to come to the Children’s Outpatient Department on level 1 at Ormskirk & District General Hospital on Friday 23rd September between 12 noon and 5pm to meet Amanda and her colleagues.

Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714
E-mail: matthew.king@southportandormskirk.nhs.uk