Easing the journey to theatres for little patients

Children who are having surgery often become very anxious and distressed when they have to make their way from the ward to theatres.

Anaesthetists at the Royal Bolton Hospital came up with a way to help and contacted Porsche of Bolton, who have donated an electric mini Porsche Macan so youngsters can drive their way to surgery in style. The hospital has also received an electric mini Mini Cooper from a private donation, and who knows, may end up with a fleet of mini cars!

Paeds mini cars to theatres

Pictured left to right: Dr Carl Oakden – Anaesthetist, Kieran Anderson from Porsche Bolton, Lucy Beardmore (child), Neal Ashurst – Operating Department Practitioner, Andy Butler – Matron for Paediatrics, Debbie Hogan – Nurse Team Leader and Leanne Watson – Play Worker


Dr Carl Oakden, Anaesthetist, said: “Children often become anxious or distressed when they leave the ward for theatres, and that makes it difficult not only for them but also for their family and for the staff. It’s well known that distraction can help youngsters in hospital and what could be better than being offered a car to drive yourself to your operation. We really appreciate the support we’ve been given by Porsche and the person who gave us the second car.”

Steve Webb from Porsche Bolton said that it had been wonderful to know that the car was already making a big difference to young patients. He said: “When we heard about the benefits we were keen to help- it just seemed the right thing to do for the children and their families.”

Mini porsche for taking children to theatres

Andy Butler, Matron for Acute Paediatrics, said: “We were all very excited when we saw the cars. We started using them a few days ago and they are proving to be a big hit with the children.  I’d like to thank everyone who has made this happen. ”

For health and safety reasons only appropriate children are permitted to drive the cars and they must be over three years old and weigh under 35kg.

The cars are brought to the children’s ward by theatre staff who then escort the young patients to their operation.

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