The Children's Foundation is delighted to confirm that it will
now be launching Clown Doctors on Treetops children's ward at
University Hospital of North Durham, where they will be making a
regular appearances and doing what they do best - prescribing
laughter as medicine!
The Clown Doctors programme is delivered to children and young
people staying in hospital. It supports the recovery of both
emotional and physical health using storytelling, music,
improvisation, humour and play. Hospitalisation can be traumatic
for many youngsters as they and their families cope with illness,
medical procedures and often prolonged stays in what can seem like
an intimidating and scary environment. The therapy offered by Clown
Doctors relieves them of their fears and insecurities, whilst
empowering them to come to terms with their situation.
Sister Katie Pike, Manager of Treetops ward, University
Hospital of North Durham said: "Children and young
peoples' emotional care can be as important as clinical care and
our play specialists, in particular, spend time with the children
engaging with numerous therapeutic play activities, and using
skills in distracting them during potentially invasive procedures.
We're delighted that The Clown Doctors will be complementing this
approach and sharing some of their own magic with the children and
Martin Wilson, Executive Director of TIN Arts, which
manages the Clown Doctors programme said: "Treetops
children's' ward was where the Clown Doctor idea began for me as my
son was rushed into hospital at six weeks old and realised that
therapeutic play would be a great addition to the wards. It's been
a long held ambition of mine to bring them back home to Durham
thanks to The Children's Foundation."
Dr Jemima Jamjuggle, Clown Doctor at TIN Arts
said: "Sick children with the world on their shoulders
allow us in, and for that instant all their worries are forgotten.
We can be storytellers, jokers or musicians; whatever the children
need in the moment. We are able to make unspeakable connections
because parents' anxieties are alleviated for that time whilst
their child is sick or injured, but smiling."
Published: 4 April 2018
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