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Play in hospital

Why is play important?

Play is an essential part of childhood - a child learns, develops, communicates and expresses them self through play.

Our play team are specially trained in providing play for sick children and young people. They provide our patients with the means to develop through fun and familiar activities, according to their age and ability, and to meet their social, emotional, developmental and cultural needs. 

The team work closely with medical and nursing staff to make sure your children get the best care. Play has an important role to play in a child's wider treatment and to aid their recovery.

play team pic

Activities Program

The activities program runs on a daily basis across the hospital and includes:

• PAT dogs (pets as therapy)

• visiting musicians and artists

• professional children's entertainers

• @Bristol interactive science sessions

• Scouts

• Radio Lollipop

Play facilities

There is a large play centre with an outdoor area on level 5, which is available to all patients and their siblings.

We have play/activity rooms on most wards or waiting areas equipped with toys and activities for a range of ages to help entertain and distract while you are waiting to be seen during your hospital stay or while you are waiting to be seen in an outpatient clinic.

Ward 35 is our adolescent ward and includes three social areas that are well equipped with computer games, Wi-Fi access, air hockey, table football, a jukebox, and a range of activities and crafts specifically designed for this age group.