Friends’ teddy donation makes MRI visits easier to bear for young children

Members of staff from the Tennvennek Unit would like to say a big thank you to the Friends of the Royal Cornwall Hospital for the purchase of over a hundred plush teddy bears.

“The bears provide support for young children visiting our MRI unit”, explains Ruth Morley, Clinical Support Worker in MRI. “The scanner can be very loud and claustrophobic, which can be distressing for patients, especially young children. Being able to take one of these adorable little bears into the scanner with them helps children feel more calm and better supported.”

Since the arrival of the teddies, the MRI team have seen a reduction in the number of children requiring anaesthetic before their scan, which is a great example of how donations like this can have a positive impact on patient care.

“The bears have proven to be a huge hit with both patients and staff”, Ruth continues.

“We couldn’t be happier with them and the joy they bring to our young patients is amazing. We’re so grateful to the Friends of RCH for making this possible.”

If you would like to learn more about the Friends of the Royal Cornwall Hospital and the work they do, please visit the volunteer section of our website: https://www.royalcornwall.nhs.uk/get-involved/volunteer/

Added on September 19, 2019, in Charity - Patient Experience / Volunteering & Friends