It's 'Op Gear' for Hospital Cars

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Younger patients at the Royal Stoke University Hospital can now swap wheelchairs for four wheels thanks to UHNM Charity supporters.

Children booked in for operations can now motor through wards and corridors straight to surgery on three specially-designed push cars.

The cars, which come in three colours for patients to choose from, have been introduced to make what can be a scary experience more positive.  

Janet Hagan, Senior Matron for Child Health said: "Children would normally travel to theatre on beds which is a scary experience for them in our clinical areas. But it's thanks to UHNM Charity that the fear factor has been taken away and replaced by an exciting experience."

She added: "This is of huge benefit to them, and we hope to roll it out further across the department soon."

Alison Timbey, whose daughter Martha was one of the first patients to get behind the wheel said: "Martha was a bit apprehensive coming to the hospital, but she's had great fun trying out the new cars and driving around in them. She even said she wants to come here every day."

UHNM Manager Steve Rushton added: "Surgery can be an extremely daunting time for most people, let alone a child. These cars, made possible thanks to kind donations from UHNM Charity supporters, will make the trip to theater more enjoyable for younger patients."   

If you would like to fundraise for UHNM Charity visit www.uhnmcharity.org.uk for more information, or call 01782 676444 to speak to one of the UHNM Charity team.