Online tour helps young pa­tients at click of a but­ton

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

HEALTH bosses have un­veiled a hitech way to help ease chil­dren’s fear of hos­pi­tals.

Peter­bor­ough and Stam­ford Hos­pi­tals Trust has launched an online vir­tual tour of chil­dren’s ser­vices at Peter­bor­ough City Hos­pi­tal.

The tour will en­able chil­dren and their fam­i­lies to see what the unit is like and help re­duce the fear and ap­pre­hen­sion that is of­ten felt when com­ing into hos­pi­tal.

Erica Crust, ward man­ager for the hos­pi­tal’s Jun­gle as­sess­ment unit, said: “The tour will be help­ful for chil­dren, par­ents and car­ers to be­come fa­mil­iar with the sur­round­ings and see in ad­vance what the environment is like.

“We are ex­tremely proud to be able to of­fer such great fa­cil­i­ties at the City Hos­pi­tal.

“This is a very ac­ces­si­ble way for fam­i­lies to un­der­stand where they are go­ing be­fore­hand and lessen anx­i­eties prior to their ar­rival.”

The vir­tual tour in­cor­po­rates Rain­for­est out­pa­tients, Ama­zon ward – which is home to a num­ber of spe­cial­ist play ar­eas in­clud­ing a sen­sory room to stim­u­late chil­dren’s senses and a se­cure out­door play area for use all-year round – and the Jun­gle as­sess­ment unit.

Each sec­tion is ac­com­pa­nied by an au­dio de­scrip­tion of what chil­dren and their fam­i­lies might ex­pect if they visit, along with additional pho­tos and on-screen in­for­ma­tion.

The vir­tual tour can be seen by vis­it­ing the trust’s web­site www.pe­ter­bor­oughand­stam­ford.nhs.uk and click­ing on Our Ser­vices, then Chil­dren’s Ser­vices.

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