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Ride on car takes children to theatres

Children at York Hospital will soon be able to drive themselves for their own surgery in a ride-on electric car, following a generous donation from the Tesla owners group.

The mini Tesla was presented to the children’s ward, where it will play an important part in helping distract children who are nervous about going for an operation by offering a fun way to travel to theatres.

Liz Vincent, Directorate Manager, Child Health at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Having to come into hospital can be a daunting time for anyone, especially for children, so equipment like this can really make a child’s stay more enjoyable.

“Many thanks to the Tesla owners group - the car will provide a welcome distraction for children who are nervous about their surgery and help them feel more comfortable in hospital.”

The car, worth over £600 and has a top speed of 6mph.

Children's Ward team with Alex and Luca Tesla Car

04 June 2019

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The donation follows a bid by the Trust, in partnership with York Teaching Hospital Charity, to provide a car for the children’s wards at both York and Scarborough hospitals.

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