We know that coming to hospital can be a worrying time for many people and the little things can make a difference. Our patient-centred grants aim to make patients that little bit more comfortable and informed.
Hospitals can be very intimidating places for children and young people, and often it is difficult to explain the hospital process to them. Evidence strongly indicates that play is a key learning tool. It can be used to develop greater understanding and awareness of a child’s experiences and rationalise their experiences.
The charity has awarded funding for Hetty’s Hospital App which explores a selection of commonly-experienced hospital narratives through stories and games. The app is aimed at children of ages 4-8 years and will be offered for several services including oncology, diabetes, allergy testing and dentistry.
The app is expected to improve the hospital experience for its users and also aims to reduce length of stay and hence costs, since the more calm and prepared the child, the more likely they are to tolerate a daunting procedure such as an MRI scan without sedation, which can cost £1,000 per patient.
One in six people in the UK suffer with some degree of hearing loss, and this can be made worse in venues with poor acoustics or background noise and competing sounds.
That’s why a grant from UCLH Charity will enable the installation of hearing loops in our busiest and noisiest environments, including ground floor reception areas and outpatient clinics.
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We funded a programme of measures to reduce falls and prevent harm at UCLH through evidence based interventions such as anti-slip slippers, environmental changes and encouraging patients to “call not fall” – which is part of a wider campaign to encourage patients to ask for help.