Hospital Week:- Bring your Teddy for a health check!
AS part of Play in
Hospital Week, there is to be an open afternoon at the
Children's Outpatient Department at Ormskirk & District
General Hospital, when children of all ages are invited to
bring their teddy for a health check! The 'Teddy Clinic'
will be open from 12 noon to 5pm on Friday 23 September
Hospital Play Specialists Amanda Walker, Lisa Spike,
Caroline Bailey, Janet Sergeant and Ann Worsley will be on
hand to help the children join in the fun and games. These
will include, face painting, badge and sticker making, name
the Teddy and win a prize, a Teddy Tombola and 'Pin the
Plaster on the Teddy'.
Amanda Walker, Play Specialist at Ormskirk Children's Unit
said:- "A lot of my friends think I spend all day
finger painting, but it's far more complicated than that!
Yes, one of our tasks is to help prevent children who are
staying in hospital getting bored and to help them have as
pleasant an experience as possible, but our main duties are
in the various clinics helping the doctors, nurses and other
clinical staff. If a child has to have an injection or some
other test, then it is our job to distract them, helping to
take their mind off what is happening by interacting with
It is recognised that if a child is less worried about going
into and staying in hospital, then recovery can be quicker.
To help with this, Amanda and her colleagues invite children
to come to the hospital prior to their stay. She explained:-
"We invite children who are coming to stay for a length of
time and their parents to come and look round before hand.
It gives them a chance to see where they will be staying,
meet some of the staff and see what else there is in the
hospital. We can also help children with some of their
phobias, particularly needle phobia. I also hold an event on
Saturday mornings with an interactive Teddy Bear, that
children can 'take blood' from or put bandages on or learn
something more about being in hospital."
Parents and children are invited to come to the Children's
Outpatient Department on level 1 at Ormskirk & District
General Hospital on Friday 23 September between 12 noon and
5pm to meet Amanda and her colleagues.