Pirates take over Children’s Ward
28 September 2016
Neptune, the Children’s Ward at Southend University Hospital, suggests all things sea-orientated. Living up to its name it was suitably invaded by a band of pirates – in fancy dress of course.
Staff and patients had been raiding their fancy dress cupboards for
a pirate's party as part the ward's celebration of National Play in
Its aim is to raise awareness of the benefits of play in the
treatment of poorly children across the UK. It is organised by the
National Association of Health Play Specialists (NAHPS), which aims
to promote and ensure the provision of appropriate therapeutic
and stimulating play facilities in hospital and Starlight
Children's Foundation, which brightens the lives of over half a
million poorly children in the UK each year.
Lisa Kawa-Akenbo, a Play Specialist from Neptune Ward, said: "We've
had an amazing week of activities, from Pets As Therapy paying us a
lovely visit to a hairdresser doing princess hair, a teddy bear
clinic, colouring competition and Punch & Judy show.
"Play is a vital part of the care we offer to children and young
people at hospital. National Play in Hospital Week is a brilliant
chance for us to raise awareness of the importance of play for
children in hospital and showcase the positive impact that play and
distraction can have on a young patient's hospital experience. It
also gives our patients, their families and our staff the chance to
enjoy an array of fun-filled activities.