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Videos That Help Children Anxious About a Hospital Visit Has Exceeded One Million Hits on YouTube

Thursday, September 7, 2017

More than a million people have watched YouTube videos filmed in the Royal Hospital for Children (RHC) by the What? Why? Children in Hospital (WWCIH) charity that help children and their parents understand what will happen when they go to hospital. 

The videos have been a hit with only patients and parents.  Hospitals from all over the world are now using them for their own young patients and the feedback from other hospitals and clinical centres, and families has been that the videos are brilliant and really help children facing a visit to hospital. 

Sharyn Brown whose son Ruari attends the RHC, said:  “I really value the videos as my son has autistic tendencies and required to have an exercise tolerance test (ETT) in October. 

“We didn’t know what to expect and couldn’t prepare him – he became more and more anxious with every bit of equipment that was placed on him and totally freaked when they tried to put the blood pressure cuff on him, refusing to do the test. 

“With the help of the ETT video and the play specialist we were finally able to get the test done.” 

The series of YouTube videos cover subjects such as MRI, CT, ECG, Echo, EEG Nerve Conduction Studies, Ultrasound, Breathing Masks, Sleep Studies, Renal Scans, Hearing Tests and admission to the Cancer Centre, with 20 having been filmed in the RHC with our staff.  

The videos show what happens during certain procedures and uses play ideas to help families prepare at home.  

Kevin Hill, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Director of Women and Children's Services said:  “We know from our own experience how useful these videos have been for parents having to bring their child to the RHC. 

“Clearly from the number of hits on YouTube and the feedback our staff have been getting from other hospitals they are helping other parents around the world.

“We know that parents can find it difficult explaining to their child what will happen when they get to hospital.   

“They are already anxious for their child and these videos can provide a general overview on what their child is about to experience. 

“Often parents do not understand what their child is about to undergo so these videos not only educate the child but can also give the anxious parents some reassurance which in turn can help make the child feel calmer."

Dr Marit Boot, founder of the What? Why? Children in Hospital charity, said: “It has been a pleasure filming the enthusiastic staff at the RHC, they take the time to explain the procedure clearly to the child and parent and are happy to answer any questions the family might have’.


Notes to Editors:

The WWCIH charity makes video clips suitable for children to help children and parents prepare for hospital and answer some of their questions starting with What? and Why?

For further media information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected] 


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Last Updated: 07 September 2017