Toys taken from children’s A&E department at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn
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Emergency Nurses are appealing for help after a number of toys have gone missing from a hospital A&E department.
Staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn are asking for visitors and parents to help to ensure that the toys remain within the busy children’s A&E department to help entertain and calm future young patients attending the site.
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 hospital’s A&E department.
Over the years, the department has been stocked with toys and books thanks to generous donations from local people and individuals, along with a number of hospital staff members who have raised money to buy items.
Now a number of toys and books have been reported to have gone missing from the department, prompting an appeal from staff.
Missing items include the equipment from a toy doctor’s trolley, which was donated by a business.
Plastic play food and toy cars have also been taken from the ward in recent weeks.
Andy Evans, the hospital’s divisional director for medicine, 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.”
Last year staff nurses Laura Shepherd and Lisa Taylor organised a special Valentine’s ball to raise money to buy sensory toys for young patients, after seeing an increase in the number of youngsters with autism and other special educational needs attending.
A hospital spokesman said it would welcome donations of plastic (wipeable) toys, books and DVDs to help staff entertain young patients.