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Cartoon-style PPE: how staff are reassuring young patients on a paediatric unit

Nurses say animal and Disney character visors have helped calm nerves during pandemic

Picture shows medics at Salford Royal Hospital’s paediatric emergency assessment unit wearing cartoon cut-outs on their protective visors
Medics at Salford Royal Hospital’s paediatric emergency assessment unit

Staff on an NHS children’s unit have added cartoon characters to the visors they wear to try to reassure young patients during the pandemic.

The team at Salford Royal's paediatric emergency assessment unit were concerned about making their young patients anxious because of how they looked in their personal protective equipment (PPE).

So colourful cut-outs of animals, Disney and Toy Story characters have been added to the tops of the visors worn by staff in the hospital’s Panda Unit.

‘They have been welcomed with many smiles and stopped some tears’

Matron Rachel Baird said the character visors have ‘been welcomed with many smiles, stopped some tears and have brought about some very interesting conversations’.

She said: ‘The parents and staff quite like them too.’

Consultant nurse and clinical lead Nathan Griffiths said the visors are helping to make children calm during what is already an anxious time.

He said hospitals can be daunting for children under normal circumstances, and PPE masks and visors can make it scarier. ‘It’s important that we build a trusting rapport with our patients, and the characters on our visors are a fun way to distract them and make them smile.’

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