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Pirates take over Children’s Ward

28 September 2016

Health Care

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 Hospital Week.

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.