Play Specialists / Play Assistants
Whilst we call them play specialists/assistants, they can provide a range of activities for young people, so do please ask them to provide you with something to keep you occupied whilst in hospital. They can help explain any of the tests or operations you are going to have, which can make you feel better if you’re feeling anxious. Play Specialists and Assistants wear a light blue coloured tunic with a balloon logo.
The nurses look after you 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 will explain to you about why you need to stay in hospital and how long you might need to stay in for. They do not wear a uniform.
If you need to have an operation a surgeon will come and visit you and explain to you what's going to happen. They will probably bring an anaesthetist too who will help you 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.