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We have agreed to work with the Radiology Department at City Hospitals Sunderland to provide lighting equipment to reduce stress and anxiety in children undergoing X-rays.

Visiting hospital can be a frightening experience and when a child is anxious or distressed it is harder for medical staff to treat them and can affect the child’s health and ability to recover.

Distraction therapy helps children to cope with uncomfortable procedures. This can be achieved by using lighting equipment to focus their minds elsewhere. The Radiology department has asked for our help to provide a portable light projector with a variety of themed picture wheels to calm and distract children undergoing X-rays. The X-ray department deals with a high volume of children through the Emergency Department and from the Children’s Ward. A number of these children need lengthy full skeletal surveys to check for non-accidental injury and will particularly benefit from this calming environment.

The equipment will benefit over 6000 children each year in the Radiology and could also be used in other areas of the Paediatric Unit when required.

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“Infections of the central nervous system need urgent and appropriate treatment. Most laboratory methods can take from 24 to 48 hours for diagnosis of bacterial meningitis and three to seven days for diagnosis of viral meningitis or encephalitis. The new equipment will mean we can get results of these tests in around an hour. We’ll be able to inform the clinicians of a positive result, allowing targeted therapy and reassurance to the patients and families. Just as important is the reporting of negative results, which may enable treatment withdrawal and possibly a shorter hospital stay.”

Dr Pradeep Subudhi
Consultant Microbiologist
Royal Bolton Hospital

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