Less stress for young patients

The Children’s Foundation has been raising money for the Sunderland Royal Hospital Children’s Unit, since February 2014, to provide 3D pain distraction units, as they: reduce stress, encourage relaxation, reduce boredom and provide a distraction from clinical treatments.

The first unit has been placed in the Paediatric Accident and Emergency with the hospital requiring 3 further units for the Niall Quinn Centre and two further children’s in-patient wards.

This 3D Vpod Pain Distraction Unit – the first of this kind of pain distraction equipment to be used within the City Hospitals Sunderland Foundation Trust, has been placed in the Accident and Emergency department.

According to government child health figures, Sunderland has more than double A&E Attendees for 0-4 year olds than the national average.

Hayden-Duck Malcolm, City Hospitals Sunderland – Ward Manager Paediatric E.D, said “The donation of the VPod system to our department will have a very positive impact on the experience of children undergoing uncomfortable procedures in the Paediatric Emergency Department.

“We have used the system in Paediatric Emergency Department during a 2 month trial and it was very well received not only by the children and their families but also by the staff as it makes our task a lot easier if the children are distracted from any procedures that we are carrying out.”

Dr Rhona McCrone, Paediatric Emergency Medicine Consultant – added “The software has lots of different programmes, some with calming fish and soothing music, as well as interactive games.

“The VPod relaxes the child, which means that if they are properly distracted, the procedures carried out by the medical staff can be less traumatic – therefore the trip to the hospital could be a positive one.”

Natalina Sutherland, Community Fundraiser – The Children’s Foundation, added “The money has been raised through many small events in and around the Sunderland area and I can say that the general public of Sunderland have been very generous.

“Together with donations from Asda Staff Fundraising, Nissan, The Wallace and Gromit Children’s Foundation and Lloyds Bank Community Fund – we have been able to donate this equipment.”