14 July 2023

Gaming carts provide lifeline for children in hospital

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Kevin, 15, using gaming cart

For children who are staying in hospital, gaming can be an effective way to keep them entertained and connected to their friends while they undergo treatment. NHS Lothian Charity has recently funded five new gaming carts for the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People to provide an opportunity for them to play age-appropriate games on Xbox or log in to streaming services.

These carts have been a lifeline for those children who have been in long-term to bring some normality into their hospital experience. They were still able to game with their peers, watch their own TV programme, and log into their own gaming accounts. They have simply been a game changer in hospitalisation for children and young people.”

Margaret McEwan, Play Services Co-ordinator, Royal Hospital for Children and Young People

Gaming can help to reduce stress, anxiety and improve the mood of children going through treatment. It can also provide a sense of normality and belonging in a hospital environment, where everything can seem strange and unfamiliar.

As well as providing children and young people with the opportunity to play games, watch movies and connect with friends, the carts also offer a way to escape the stresses of being in hospital and provide a welcome distraction for children who need it the most.

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