The Play department provides normal everyday play and specialist play preparation for children and young people in outpatient clinics and on the wards.
Play preparation or general play is a way to help children and young people deal with any fears or worries about hospital, illness or treatment and form coping strategies.
There are various aspects to general play including preparation, distraction and assessment.
Preparation involves dolls and books to prepare children for a specific procedure, while distraction uses techniques to support children during treatments and procedures, and assessment allows play staff to develop a play programme for children to reach goals during their hospital admission.
Watch this video to find out more information about the hospital play specialists and find out how important play is to the patients at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).