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Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust Charity provides gaming carts for young patients

Patients at the Children’s Day Care Unit at University Hospital Lewisham (UHL) can now enjoy playing video games on two new medical gaming carts funded by our charity, when they come in for tests, procedures or minor surgery. 

They can use the mobile gaming carts with any games console, which feature a monitor and secure storage for the console, games and accessories.

 

Lewisham resident Odette visited UHL recently for a procedure for her son Jesse, aged 3.

Odette said: “It is great that Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust’s charity has purchased these gaming carts for the children on this unit, helping to give children a positive experience when they come to hospital. Everyone at the hospital was so kind that it made our hospital appointment as stress-free as possible.”

 

Sharon Justice, UHL play specialist added:

“We are so grateful that our charity purchased these gaming carts. They bring a much-welcomed distraction and entertainment to our children, making them feel less worried about their hospital visit. Our young patients are increasingly requesting digital gaming, and as a play team we are always looking for new ways to engage with them."

 

The Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust Charity has also recently purchased sensory toys for children at University Hospital Lewisham and Queen Elizabeth Hospital to enjoy. These small toys are designed to help to channel nervous energy and help relieve stress and anxiety, providing a distraction for children with autism or complex needs attending our A&E departments. 

 

To find out more about the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust charity visit https://www.lewishamandgreenwich.nhs.uk/charity

 

Jesse and Odette

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