1st August 2014 – Test out new interactive floor planned for Airedale Hospital’s Emergency Department

Posted on August 7, 2014 by AireAdmin

Have fun, improve your agility and even learn something by testing out a new ‘interactive floor’ planned for Airedale Hospital’s emergency department – one of the attractions at the Trust’s family open day.

The floor is designed to reduce stress with its sound system and visual effects that create a feeling of actually being involved with games or realistic scenes. It is one of the resources for families that Airedale Hospital is raising money for as part of its Emergency Department Appeal.

Meg Crossley, consultant in emergency medicine at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Children can find coming into hospital, particularly in an emergency situation, quite frightening. These new floors are an ideal tool for parents entertaining their child if they become agitated or distressed.”

Allan Sinclair, of Sky Inside UK, said: “The floors allow us to offer ‘fun’ events which help to distract from the immediate surroundings and creates a less tense environment for all.

“From fish swimming and darting away when you try to touch them, to agility games that not only help movement but are great fun to do, we have creative solutions for all ages.”

The Open Day is on Thursday 21 August, between 12 noon and 4pm, in a marquee and the education centre at Airedale Hospital and the interactive floor company will be bringing 50 t-shirts to raffle on the day.

There will be more than 60 stalls with so much to see and do including the opportunity to see a demonstration of our telemedicine and Gold Line services and to try out equipment with the endoscopy team, hula hooping and other new ways to keep fit; have a go at the 90ft cave run, and visit giant lungs, wound make-up or the children’s room.

There will be free refreshments provided by Sodexo, the hospital’s catering company and free parking available on site.

The new £6.3m emergency department, set to open its doors in Autumn, will offer huge improvements for all patients including better facilities for children and families. An £100,000 Emergency Department Appeal was launched in May to raise enough funds for more resources to help patients with dementia who will use the Trust’s Butterfly room, three distraction walls for the children’s assessment and treatment areas, an interactive floor for the children’s waiting room and cardiac for the general assessment areas.

For more information about how you can support the appeal email charitable.funds@anhst.nhs.uk or text EDAP50 £5 to 70070 to make a donation or visit www.airedale-trust.nhs.uk/charity