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Superheroes unite for National Play in Hospital Week

13 October 2017

Health Care

Southend University Hospital have been celebrating National Play in Hospital Week 2017 this week (9-14 October) with the help of Spider-Man and Batman.

The Play Team have arranged special guests, displays, videos and activities during this week to celebrate and promote the importance of play within the hospital for paediatric patients on both Neptune Ward and paediatric outpatients.

Ava Gregory, who is a Play Assistant at the Trust said, "Play is a vital part of the care we offer to children and young people at Southend 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."

That was something echoed by Tania Tibbles, mum to Amelie Hawkins, aged 9, from Leigh, who was excited to meet Spider-Man. Tania said: "Events like this really help lift the spirits and help keep Amelie happy, it makes it feel less like a hospital. It's part of the reason why Neptune is such a brilliant ward."

The week is organised by the National Association of Health Play Specialists (NAHPS) and is supported by Starlight Children's Foundation, a national charity which provides entertainment in hospitals and hospices across the UK and grants wishes for seriously and terminally ill children.