Eloise Bowyer with her sock puppet
Young patients and staff had a fabulous time in the Royal Berkshire Hospital celebrating Play in Hospital Week, Monday 26 September - Sunday 2 October 2016.
Every day children could enjoy a different activity, which included baking, crafting, music sessions, a colouring competition, plus a special visit from Fred in the Shed magic show.
Play In Hospital Week raises 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 hospitals.
The RBFT has a small play team which supports children who need to spend time in hospital.
Ashley Zdanowicz, Senior Play Specialist said: “Clinical evidence shows that play and art therapies can improve the recovery of patients across a range of conditions and even aid post-operative recovery.
“As well as aiding recovery, it gives the children something to do. Boredom can be very debilitating and play supports their mental health as well as their physical health and this is important.”