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Poole Hospital celebrates national play in hospitals week

Young patients and staff at Poole Hospital have been demonstrating how play helps the medicine to go down in celebration of National Play Week (8-14 October 2012).

The annual initiative is organised by the National Association of Health Play Specialists (NAHPS) and national children’s charity Starlight Children’s Foundation. It aims to raise awareness of the benefits of play in the treatment of ill children across the UK.

Patients of Poole Hospital’s children’s unit have been expressing how play helps them to cope with some of the challenges of being in hospital by taking part in a range of activities, including painting, colouring and playing with playdough. This comes as part of a week of play-related activities, which has been organised by the hospital play team.

Caroline Fawcett, play specialist at Poole Hospital, said, “National Play in Hospital Week is an excellent opportunity for us to raise awareness of the benefits of play, while organising a fun filled week of activities, games and entertainment for our patients.

“Being unwell can be distressing and sometimes scary for children so play has a big part in helping a child cope with hospital experiences.  This in turn can help children engage with their treatment and have a more positive, fun experience of their time in hospital.”

The hospital’s play team also had a stand in the hospital’s dome area on Thursday 11 October to promote their work in supporting children and young people being treated at Poole. It featured interactive resources to demonstrate how play is used to prepare children for treatment using dolls, photo preparation books and some simple medical items such as bandages and stethoscopes.

For more information on National Play in Hospital Week, please visit www.starlight.org.uk/play-in-hospital-week/

Date: 12 October 2012

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