Royal Brompton’s team of Healthcare Play Specialists and Play Assistants, provide vital input for paediatric cardiac and respiratory patients. Far more than simply providing recreational activities, the play team’s expertise ranges from providing Preparation and Distraction for children for their treatments, procedures and surgeries to developing behavioural programmes, specialists plans and individual support programmes.
The Play Team work closely whole multidisciplinary team to meet a child’s often complex needs.
They are here to support your child throughout their hospital experience, providing developmentally appropriate play preparation and distraction techniques.
Guided play prior to, during and post procedures, interventions and surgery can help your child and their siblings deal with any feelings and any anxieties that may arise.
This holistic approach can provide a positive hospital experience and a healthy adjustment to the hospital environment.
The Play Room at Royal Brompton Hospital is a bright. Inviting space where children are able to spend time away bedside.
The Play Team create a welcoming environment where play can occur in a normal way. It contains all kinds of toys, resources and equipment for any age of patient, from cot mobiles and musical boxes for young babies to tactile toddler toys, books and art supplies for older children and a great range of electronic resources such as DVDs and mini players and games consoles
There are also a selection of specialist sensory toys, these are particularly useful to provide and calming environment and also in post operative stages when children are less mobile and can be used to stimulate and encourage interaction. They are also essential for our patients with specialist needs.
A member of the play team (in their bright pink polo shirts) can usually be found in the Rose Ward playroom.
If you would like to contact them before an admission email: Paediatricplayteam@rbht.nhs.uk