New play area unveiled at University Hospital

By Matthew Bates 17/07 Updated: 19/07 09:28

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YOUNGSTER Jamie Lee was given the honour of opening a facility at University Hospital that will give kids a chance to play outdoors whatever the weather.

The eight-year-old, who suffers from a disease affecting his immune system, was the first to benefit from a canopy installed over a children's play area.

He cut the ribbon watched on by other children and their parents.

The canopy has been put over a first floor balcony between the infants and children's ward on the unit to create the space.

More than £40,000 was raised by two local charities, Coventry Hospitals Charity and UHCW Charity, to provide the facility so children can play despite the British weather.

Joan Whitaker, senior play specialist on the Children’s Ward, said: "Until now we could not use the balcony to its potential.

"It was not just the rain or snow that prevented children going out but we had to stop them on hot sunny days too, as the direct sunlight meant they were at risk of burning."

Andrew Hardy, chief executive of UHCW NHS Trust, added: “We are very grateful to both local charities for this invaluable support.

"Play is especially important when children are in hospital - it helps them to settle, to express their fears and helps our staff to explain their illness or treatment.

"This new facility will be a great asset creating a wonderful environment to support their care and recuperation."

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