NNUH celebrates NAHPS and Starlights National Play in Hospital Week
Young patients and staff at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) have been demonstrating how play helps the medicine go down in celebration of National Play in Hospital Week which runs from 8th to 14th October.
Founded by National Association of Health Play Specialists (NAHPS) the objective of National Play in Hospital Week is to raise awareness of the benefits of play in the treatment of poorly children across the UK and it has been funded by Starlight, which grants wishes for seriously and terminally ill children and provides entertainment in hospitals and hospices across the UK.
Patients on Buxton Ward have been expressing how play helps them to cope with any pain and fear while they are in hospital.
Emma Dolman, Matron for Children Services at the NNUH said, National Play in Hospital Week is an excellent opportunity for us to raise awareness of the benefits of play for our patients whilst they are in hospital. Being unwell can be very distressing and scary for children and play really does help to distract them from any pain and anxiety they might be feeling, which in turn can help them to better engage with their treatment.
Neil Swan, Chief Executive of Starlight Childrens Foundation, said, As a national charity that brightens the lives of over half a million poorly children in the UK each year, we are really proud to sponsor National Play in Hospital Week. The work of NAHPS and the health play specialist community is invaluable in the treatment of poorly children and we are delighted to support it.
Irene ODonnell, Play Services Manager at UCLH and Vice Chair of NAHPS, added We know that good quality play and recreation opportunities can enhance mental health and the importance of children and young peoples emotional and psychological health is also recognized as having an impact on their physical health. It is important that we highlight these benefits so that play continues to be recognised as a key element in paediatric treatment.
National Play in Hospital Week is an annual event organised by Starlight Childrens Foundation for National Association of Health Play Specialists (NAHPS).
For more information, please visit http://www.starlight.org.uk/play-in-hospital-week/