– Written by Play Specialist Tracy Machen –
Last week the Oncology Play team celebrated national Play In Hospital Week ‘ 40 Years of Passion for Play’ with a fun filled week of entertainers and activities for the children and families.
With thanks to funding from Candlelighters, we currently have members of the oncology play team working on ward 31 inpatients, the day unit and the radiotherapy unit.
It is our role as play staff to use play to help children understand why they are in hospital, using preparation tools like chemo duck to prepare them for treatment and procedure during their stay and support them while procedures are carried out, helping to reduce anxieties. As a means of positive encouragement and reward for the children we run the beads of courage programme and encourage and offer this to all our oncology patients. We provide fun activities within the play areas and arrange weekly entertainers to visit, we aim to relieve boredom while in hospital and encourage friendships to be made with other patients.
This week the children have enjoy a visit from Paddington bear, nail art, baking, pottery painting and finished celebrating the week with a puppet and magic show in the family pavilion.