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Lincoln County Hospital’s new £4,000 sensory play unit, made possible by generous parent donation, distracts children from pain and illness





Children in hospital are being helped to deal with pain and illness thanks to a generous donation from the parents of a young patient.

A £4,000 portable sensory play unit in Lincoln County Hospital is providing fun during what can be a very stressful and worrying time.

Bubble tubes, music, fibre optics and a projector are all part of the magic which acts as a distraction for the children, making for an easier recovery.

The unit helps to distract the children from pain and illness. Pictures United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
The unit helps to distract the children from pain and illness. Pictures United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

While it is based in the Rainforest Ward, it can be moved to the bedsides of the youngsters as and when it’s needed.

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Karen O’Connor, the play leader on the ward, said: “Play is used across the world by children as they explore, learn and understand about their world and the people in it.

“Play can be lost in times of illness, injury or trauma—but rarely is it needed more.

“This amazing unit has lights and sounds and can project fun images onto walls and ceilings.

“It enables us to bring a distraction and fun to our patients wherever they might be. It doesn’t take away their pain or illness, but it can bring a bit of fun to their day and a smile to their faces. It is making such a difference.”

Play leaders like Karen are employed by the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust to give support to children and families with regular and therapeutic activities.

It is based at Lincoln County Hospital but can be moved to bedsides when needed,
It is based at Lincoln County Hospital but can be moved to bedsides when needed,

United Lincolnshire Hospitals charity manager Ben Petts said: “In many ways, we think that play can be a therapy and a natural healer that promotes happiness.

So many children have benefitted from this really generous donation. For this family to think of others is inspirational and truly humbling. We are so grateful.

“Donations like this enable the United Lincolnshire Hospitals Charity to provide the additional extras to elevate the work of the trust that cannot be provided by the NHS.”

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