National Play in Hospital Week

24/09/2010

This week (20-25 September) is National Play in Hospital Week, and the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children has been joining in the fun with a packed programme of events for its young patients

This week (20-25 September) is National Play in Hospital Week, and the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children has been joining in the fun with a packed programme of events for its young patients.
"We've had activities from T-shirt painting to bulb planting to a visit from W5 science show, and yesterday we had a special balloon launch," says Jenne McDonald, Play Development Co-ordinator at the Children’s Hospital.
“Play helps children take their minds off the fact that they are in hospital,” Jenne explains. “It allows them to express their feelings and any worries they may be having. It can also help a child understand their treatment and illness.”
The theme for this year’s campaign is ‘Play Works’ and research has shown that play has a positive effect on recovery and rehabilitation. The aim of the week is to show just how valuable play in hospital can be.
The Children’s has a team of play specialists helping children through their time in hospital. They are also joined by musicians, clown doctors and other performers from outside the hospital who regularly put on workshops and events for the children.