Hospital kids gear up for Play Week

Date published: 05 October 2018

Being in hospital might not sound much fun when you’re a child.

However, Play Week at The Royal Oldham Hospital promises to offer a whole lot of fun for some of the hospital’s youngest patients.

The hospital will be celebrating National Play in Hospital Week (October 8-14) with lots of fun activities to raise awareness of the importance that play has in the treatment of sick young children.

As part of the celebrations, the play team at the hospital are planning a whole week of activities and events.  

Fun activities planned at the hospital for Play Week include:

Monday, October 8

Morning – Biscuit Decorating

Afternoon – Singing / Story time

Tuesday, October 9

Morning – Decorate a Pom Pom

Afternoon – Lola’s Kids Mascots

Wednesday, October 10

Morning – Treasure Hunt

Afternoon – Place the Cherry on the Cake

Thursday, October 11

Morning – Merlin the Magician

Afternoon – Lucinda’s Princesses

Friday, October 12

Morning – Visit from Maverick (Dog)

Afternoon – Hospital Role Play

Other fun activities and games are also planned throughout the week.

Louise Gallagher, Hospital Play Specialist at the Royal Oldham, explained why play is so important in the care, treatment and recovery of sick children.

She said: “It’s generally accepted that play is a vital part of the growth and development of all children.

"It helps them to learn, explore, develop relationships and make sense of the world around them.

"For children and young people in hospital, this can be even more important to their overall health and wellbeing.

“Play can really make a difference to children in hospital. When children are admitted to hospital, they are often separated from their family, friends and normal surroundings and this can be a time when they feel most vulnerable.

"Having fun and getting involved with play activities can help reduce some of the stress and anxiety children feel about being in hospital.

“Play in hospital can help children in many ways. It can help them understand why they are in hospital and what will happen.

"It allows them to express their feelings and it can help them understand more about their illness and treatment, and help them to recover more quickly.”

The play team are also planning a fun-packed Christmas for sick children in Oldham and are currently fundraising to ensure a magical Christmas for children and their families over the festive period.

They are teaming up with two local theatres – Talespin Theatre, who will be performing Jack in The Beanstalk on December 20 and Grand Dame Theatre, who will be performing Oliver on December 22.

There are also visits planned from other children’s entertainers including Wacky Woody, a children’s musician and entertainer and Everybody Party, a local party company, who will bring lots of fun with face painting, dance, lights and play.

The team have set up a Justgiving fundraising page and are seeking donations to fund decorations and treats for the children.

If you would like to make a donation, please visit their fundraising page here.

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