“I’m not sure how many people know about the playroom. Patients and their families often seem surprised on discovering it, an unexpected place in a hospital. The surprise invariably turns to delight as patients are free to explore all the toys, the play house, play cafe, enormous boxes of dinosaurs and dressing up clothes.
The Play Specialists organise the room and create a safe and welcoming environment for children and their families. As Artist in Residence I visit the ward weekly to run creative workshops. The Playroom is the ideal environment. Children are absorbed in the activities on offer which help them relax, make friends and use their imaginations.
The Playroom is a special place and I believe plays an important role in Children’s recovery, it is also unique in being the place where Children can really be themselves and play.
It is for this reason that I wanted to make the Playroom Book, not only to celebrate it but to use it as a resource for Children and their families prior to them visiting the Children’s Ward.”