GOSH Arts and ORCHID (Centre for Outcomes and Experience Research in Children’s Health, Illness and Disability) have worked with patients, artists and health creatives to develop Blood Quest, an app that helps inform, entertain and distract children before and during their blood tests.

In the app you can find out more about your blood — play the Blood Quest game and take part in a quiz about animals and their hearts. 

Research has shown distraction and preparation can reduce children’s anxiety before and during procedures such as venepuncture. The app was developed from creative workshops and feedback with GOSH patients, and features art work by illustrator Sister Arrow, which is designed to appeal to a broad age range.

Blood Quest can be downloaded from the Apple app store and on Trust ipads from the GOSH app store.

As part of this project ORCHID is gathering feedback on the app. If you would like to get involved in this evaluation please contact us at gosharts@gosh.nhs.uk