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Celebrating National Play in Hospital Week at Leicester Children’s Hospital
Press release date08/10/2018
This week (8th-14th October 2018) Play Specialists at Leicester Children’s Hospital will be showcasing their skills as part National Play In Hospital Week 2018.
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Play In Hospital Week is a national awareness campaign 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 healthcare. The campaign is supported by Starlight Children’s Foundation, which brightens the lives of over half a million sick children in the UK each year.


Play Specialists, based at Leicester Royal Infirmary have planned activities throughout the week to mark the occasion, including music therapy, messy play, bake sale  and a big party to end the week.


Sally Markley, Play Co-ordinator for Leicester Children’s Hospital, said: “We are really excited about celebrating Play In Hospital Week with our patients, their families and our colleagues, particularly this year when the NHS is celebrating its 70th birthday!


“We know how distressing a hospital stay can be for our younger patients. Our Play Specialists help children understand the treatment they need, and how to cope with the effects of that treatment through play.”


Every Tuesday East-Midlands based arts organisation, OPUS Music visit Leicester Children’s Hospital to play therapeutic music for patients. As part of the celebrations this week, OPUS will be performing in the lift lobby of the Children’s Hospital to help to promote the work they do in hospital and to mark National Play In Hospital Week.

For further information about National Play In Hospital Week 2018, please click here.

To support the OPUS musicians at Leicester Children's Hospital, please click here.

Contact information:
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To attend or for media enquiries, please contact:
Rosalind Moore, Communications Officer, Rosalind.Moore@uhl-tr.nhs.uk, 0116 258 8524
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