Media Release

Appeal for toys to remain in A&E

Emergency Nurses are appealing for help after a number of toys have gone missing from The Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s A&E department.

Staff are asking for help to ensure that the toys remain within the busy Children’s A&E department to help entertain and calm future young patients.

A dedicated play area, along with distraction toys, is an important part of the specialist paediatric area, which opened in 2015 as part of an upgrade of the department.

Peds A&E

Over the years, the department has been stocked with toys and books thanks to generous donations from local businesses and individuals, along with a number of staff members.

Unfortunately, a number of toys and books have been reported to have gone missing from the department recently, prompting an appeal from staff.

Divisional Director for Medicine Andy Evans said: “Many of our young patients often arrive at A&E in pain and frightened but the toys help to calm them and take their minds off the situation.

“As a community hospital, we are always astounded by the generosity of people in West Norfolk and the surrounding area who donate toys and money to support the work of the Trust. Our staff are also incredibly generous by buying books and toys to help our young patients.

“We appreciate that emotions are often running high when parents or carers bring a child to be treated at A&E but we would appeal to everyone to help ensure that there is a suitable stock of toys available for other frightened youngsters who visit the department.”


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