On the last day of term before the Christmas break, several Healthcare and Early Years students visited Kettering General Hospital’s Skylark Ward; a ward dedicated to children and teenagers.
The group arrived with lots of presents and fun activities to share around the ward. They were met by Trish, a play-work specialist on the ward, who took them on a tour of the ward and answered questions about the role of the play work team.
The students were able to see the range of activities and specialist rooms on the ward; including playrooms, a den for teenagers to be able to relax in, sensory rooms for young children and relaxation rooms for visitors and families.
Holly Robson said:
“I really enjoyed the visit to Skylark ward and gaining an understanding of the way the Play team work. I felt proud to hand over gifts and activities to the patients.”
Sam Dowman added:
“I particularly liked the “Cool Room” which was full of different lights, sounds and smells, to help children relax and unwind. I would personally like to thank Trish for giving me the information needed to pursue a career in childcare within hospitals. It’s been something of a lifelong dream to be able to work with children in a hospital, and now I am one step closer to achieving that dream.”