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Children’s Ward celebrate new Sensory Room opening

A new Sensory Room in the Children’s Ward at York Hospital has opened.

The interactive Sensory Room, designed by the hospital play team and clinical staff, will be used to calm anxious children, aid communication, therapy sessions and play for children of all ages.

A donation of £15,000 was granted after a successful application was made by York Teaching Hospital Charity to The Nikki Waterhouse Trust earlier this year. The Hospital’s play team and clinical staff led on the design to ensure it can benefit the maximum number of children of all ages with a range of medical conditions.

John Waterhouse, charity Trustee commented: “Nikki loved children and had a great sense of fun, we are delighted that the room is completed and already proving very popular with patients and staff. This is a great use of the money raised by the Trust in Nikki’s memory.”

Susan Symington, Chair, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Chair, added: “I was proud to be present at the opening of this wonderful room that is already making a positive difference for children and their families.”

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