People you might meet
Play Specialists / Play Assistants
Our Play Specialists are a vital part of our team. They provide activities that help children cope with the unique challenges of a hospital visit and can help in your child’s recovery.
If the doctor or nurse says your child is well enough to play, and they are not infectious to other children, then they can visit our play room in the Children’s Centre. There are lots of things to play with and the friendly Play Specialists who work there will love to play with your child. If they don’t feel well enough to go to the play room, or are unable to leave their cubicle, the Play Specialists/Assistants can come and visit them at their bed. They can help explain any of the tests or operations they are going to have, which can make them feel better if you’re feeling worried. Play Specialists and Assistants wear a light blue coloured tunic with a balloon logo.
The nurses look after your child on the wards – you can ask them anything you like. They wear a blue and white striped dress-top with navy blue trousers.
Healthcare assistants (HCAs) are a vital part of the team that supports the medical staff and patients in wards and departments throughout the hospital. You may see them taking your temperature, and are always happy to talk if you have any questions or concerns.
The doctors work in partnership with you, and will communicate with you and your child the plan of care. The doctors do not wear a uniform, but should have an identification card on them and introduce themselves to you. Some doctors wear a stethoscope around their neck so they can listen to your child's chest.
If your child needs to have an operation, a surgeon will come and visit your child to explain what is going to happen. They will probably bring an anaesthetist too who will help your child go to sleep before the operation. Surgeons wear a blue outfit and a hat called ‘scrubs’.
Porters move everything and everyone around the hospital. They wear a light blue shirt and dark blue trousers.