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New kids' website cuts fear of hospital

PUBLISHED: 14:16 29 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:43 05 October 2010

YOUNGSTERS scared of going to hospital are being given a taster of life at the Royal London with a new children's website. Real-life experiences of kids who have been treated in the children's wards at the hospital in Whitechapel have been caught on film and posted on the website

Gemma Collins

YOUNGSTERS scared of going to hospital are being given a taster of life at the Royal London with a new children’s website.

Real-life experiences of kids who have been treated in the children’s wards at the hospital in Whitechapel have been caught on film and posted on the website.

Youngsters have made their own video diaries, giving an insight into how it feels to have an operation, be treated in A&E, stay on a ward—and why they shouldn’t be scared of needles.

“We hope that hearing and seeing our young patients talk about their experiences will reassure other children about our hospital,” said paediatric consultant Dr Siobhan Carr.

“The website is also useful for parents, teachers and healthcare professionals who can use it to explain to children what it’s really like at our hospital.”

The website launched on last Friday is designed to get sick children better prepared for their stay:

www.bartsandthelondonkids.nhs.uk

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