Teddy bears’ hospital completes week of fun for young patients at Queen’s and King’s

A series of fun activities kept young patients busy this week as Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospital’s NHS Trust marked the national Play in Hospital Week (October 7-12).

On Tuesday, youngsters got the chance to try syringe painting, squirting colourful paint onto old sheets from syringes.

It gave four-year old Archie Fenson, who was in hospital due to his asthma something fun to focus on.

Dad Peter said: “Activities like this are so important as they really do help.”

On Thursday it was time for messy play and children could get to grips with gloop, slime and Play Doh.

Cerys Gabriel-Smith, 12, also in hospital due to asthma, loved playing with gloop. She said: “It’s fun to play, especially as it’s really boring in bed.”

And on Friday, a teddy bears’ hospital let doctors of the future get to grips with making furry friends better.

Sadaf Ansar, mum to four-year-old Subhan, in hospital following a fit, was delighted to see him playing.

She said: “He loves to play doctor with his teddies at home. He has all types of toys, but his doctor kit, which his grandad bought him, is his favourite.”

All the activities were organised by the trust’s play team, which also hosted information stalls, with face painting and colouring for children, at both Queen’s and King George Hospitals.

Caroline Jenkins, play specialist, said: “We’ve had a fantastic week with lots of activities for the children to take part in.

“We do these activities all the time for our patients. However, Play in Hospital Week has given us the chance to raise awareness about the work we do, and why it matters.

“It’s so important that children are still able to play when they’re in hospital. It can alleviate boredom and helps distract them..”

Play in Hospital Week aims to raise awareness of the benefits of play in the treatment of poorly children in hospital. It’s run by the National Association of Health Play Specialists with the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

Mick Ferris

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