The Play Team aim to provide a positive, normalised environment when children are in the hospital setting. There are many times in hospital where what children see isn’t positive and that is okay too! We try to make it more fun/or easier for them to understand.
When a child is in hospital, they are in an unusual environment with lots of new people around them. Children meeting staff for the first time in head to toe PPE, can be frightening. To help patients feel more comfortable with being in hospital, one of our Play Specialists created child friendly eye masks. The inspiration for the masks came from Hamera Elahi, Play Specialist at Newham hospital.
The children can recognise the characters that the staff are wearing and immediately feel at ease. Patients can also have the opportunity to get involved and give suggestions of which characters the staff should wear.
Creating a welcoming environment for patients will give a good first impression. The eye masks generate a ‘talking point’ between staff and patient, helping the child to feel more relaxed and overall gain positive staff interactions.
The eye masks are an innovative way of capturing the childrens’ interest and attention. They utilise medical equipment to build effective engagement and help to reduce the impact of environmental stressors.
Written by: Natasha Luck