The power of 3-D!

We are delighted to say we have been able to buy new pain and anxiety distraction units, V-pods, for two of the region’s key children’s hospitals. One will soon be installed at the purpose-built emergency hospital at Cramlington, and the other one is already being used in Ward F63 at Sunderland Royal Hospital – one of the busiest children’s A&E units in the country.

For many children, a visit to hospital can be scary, painful and traumatic, leaving them anxious about future visits. For small children, especially, it can be difficult to get them to relax during treatments. The V-pods – designed and produced by Amazing Interactives in Stockton on Tees – come with a wide range of interactive 3-D displays and can be used to distract, calm and engage the young person before and during painful or unpleasant procedures. This has proved to be a great asset to patients, parents and medical staff alike! Our Director of Operations, Nicola Crawford, explained what a V-Pod is and how it can change the lives of hospitalised children and young people from our region on BBC Newcastle last Wednesday morning. Click here to listen to the interview (minute ’50).

Maria Lynn, Ward Manager (front left) with patient Alessia watching V-Pod (Sunderland Royal Hospital)

Rachel Patterson, Children’s Matron, Paediatric Services, at Sunderland says: “The new V-pod is in our busy children’s surgical ward, where young people undergo ENT, orthopaedic, dental and maxillofacial, and general surgery. Around two to five children on the ward are using the V-pods on a daily basis during interventions such as blood taking, suture removal and wound checks. It’s a fantastic innovation that makes procedures like these less anxiety-provoking for both the children and their families. We’re immensely grateful to The Children’s Foundation for helping us install another one at this hospital, to add to the one you’ve already funded in our Niall Quinn Children’s Unit.”

In the past, we’ve also funded two V-pods for The Great Northern Children’s Hospital in Newcastle, and we’re now focussed on raising funds for V-pods in children’s units at Bishop Auckland General Hospital and South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust.

How can you help:

Each V-Pod costs £10,000 and we can’t do it without your help – if you would like to know more about the different ways you can help us, contact Kerry.Mccormack@nuth.nhs.uk . Another way to help us is by running The Great North Run for The Children’s Foundation this September! Our amazing Team TCF and Run Gerodie Run runners have raised over £3,000 so far, and some are motivated by the possibility to help us fund more V-pods. If you would like to join them and run The Great North Run for The Children’s Foundation, get in touch with Lara.Puertas@nuth.nhs.uk .