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How a healthcare assistant made the operating theatre a less scary place for children

Award-winner Lisa Morgan's innovations help to ease the anxieties of children arriving at an operating theatre for cardiac surgery
Healthcare assistant Lisa Morgan in a ward at Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne. She has improved the care of children facing cardiac surgery through a training package for care and support staff and other initiatives.

Healthcare assistant Lisa Morgan's innovations help to ease the anxieties of children arriving at an operating theatre for cardiac surgery

  • Children and parents had felt anxious and afraid on arriving at theatre
  • Changes include a training day for theatre staff and visits to families
  • Children receive toy bear who features in a story of the journey through theatre

A healthcare assistant who won an award at the RCNi Nurse Awards has improved the care and support of children facing cardiac surgery – and their families – through a comprehensive training package for care and support staff and a number of evidence-based initiatives that ease anxiety before theatre.

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