X-ray departments can be scary places, especially for children. Frightened and fidgety children mean poor quality images making diagnosis more difficult. To help with this, Southend University Hospital wants to buy a portable sensory trolley. Using one of these relatively inexpensive machines relaxes and distracts children making the X-ray department a less frightening place.
Radiology departments are frightening places. Children are ordered about, told "don't move", even tied down. Trusted adults are often made to hide behind a screen. Scanners are noisy and claustrophobic and frightened, fidgety and crying children mean poor quality images hampering diagnosis. A child may need to be sedated, with the possibility of adverse side effects. The challenge is how to make the experience less frightening for children who are already worried about being ill.
When children are calm and relaxed diagnostic images are clearer so there is less need for sedation. Better quality images mean a more accurate diagnosis. A sensory trolley is a fun, immersive, multi-sensory experience. It can transform any room into a place where children can engage with images, sounds and tactile sensations thus reducing stress. 2,350 has already been raised. We need just 710 to provide much needed therapeutic help to stressed and frightened children.
On the Child: Happy and relaxed children recover more quickly. On the Hospital: Quicker visits to X-ray and radiology departments mean that these expensive pieces of equipment can be used more efficiently. More patients will experience the benefits of fast and accurate diagnosis. With fewer procedures to sedate children Neptune Ward, the paediatric centre at Southend Hospital, could also use fewer day beds releasing resources and reducing waiting times for other patients.