Edinburgh Sick Kids Feature

Specialist Cars Volkswagen Fife are proud to support Edinburgh Sick Kids, a fantastic charity making a real difference in the lives of sick young people & their families.  Here we have a look at role of Gillian Thomson, who works in the Surgical Admissions Ward as one of the team of specialist play staff at the Edinburgh Royal Hospital for Sick Children.

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hi Gillian, can you give us a brief description of what being a ‘Play Specialist’ entails?

“I prepare children, young people and their families for going to theatre, and support them all in the anaesthetic room. Having your child come to hospital for an operation can be a worrying and
stressful time for parents so I try to reassure and look after them. I also provide play activities to keep children and young people occupied and distracted during their wait, pre- and post-theatre.”

What would you say was the most rewarding part of your job?

“Seeing a child or young person relax and respond to your interactions, and giving them the confidence to cope with their situation; the strength they show never fails to inspire me!”

how have new technologies made a difference to your work?

“Nowadays, technology is a massive part of the activities we provide. Devices such as tablets, laptops, DVD players and gaming consoles are popular with all ages. The introduction of wi-fi to
the wards has allowed patients and families to keep in touch with family and friends. We have access to equipment such as the Rhino Voyager, a mobile multi sensory unit and the VPod, a 3D interactive console which allows our patients a very different experience at times of stress. None of this technology would be available if it wasn’t for the support of the Sick Kids Friends Foundation and their funding of such projects”.