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SCOTLAND ORGANISES 'PLAY IN HOSPITAL WEEK' FOR SICK CHILDREN!

September 16, 2005 11:00 AM

Children's hospitals across Scotland and the north of England are joining forces to celebrate National Play in Hospital Week (19-23rd September 2005) to raise awareness of the important work of hospital based 'Play Specialists'.

Scotland has, for the first time, taken the lead role in organising the week, including a national 'Fly the Flag for Play' conference in Perth Royal Infirmary on behalf of the National Association of Hospital Play Staff (NAHPS) (http://www.nahps.org.uk).

At Yorkhill, a full week of events is planned to bring a bit of fun and laughter to the wards and departments thanks to the Play Service, Children's Club and hospital Youth Team with a little help from their friends - visiting fairies, magicians, and more!

Jill Vines, is the Play Services Manager for the 15 play staff at Yorkhill Hospital, she said:

"Play Specialists are trained to Diploma level and many have other qualifications in childcare. They are an essential part of hospital life and an integral part of the ward team caring for each child.

"A typical day can cover organising arts and crafts, preparing children for invasive treatments, using puppets to overcome needle phobias all the way to spending time with children and helping them understand why they're in hospital.

"It's a demanding job, but very rewarding if you can make a child smile for perhaps the first time in weeks."

The Fly the Flag for Play Conference is taking place on Saturday 17th September 2005, with guest speakers from all over Scotland discussing best practice and the importance of developing the Play Service further for the UK's sick children.

ENDS

Notes for Editors

You are invited to send a representative to the launch of 'Play in Hospital' week with the Yorkhill Play Specialists and patients as they receive a special bedside magic show.

Date: 19th September 2005

Time: 1pm

Place: Main Entrance, Yorkhill Hospital

For further Information contact 0141 201 0833.

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