Teaching kids about health care

The paediatric team at St Mary’s Hospital have once again gone out into the community to inform local families about health care for children.

Award-winning puppet theatre company, PuppetSoup, collaborated with our doctors, nurses, therapists and play specialists, as well as local GPs, to teach families in the community about how to get the most out of children’s health care services.

The show, Fix Freddie! entertained and informed over 240 attendees in December.

The production follows accident-prone Freddie on his journey to find help after hurting his finger. Freddie travels to A&E, the GP and the pharmacy, before Granny calls NHS 111 and is told how to treat his injury at home.

The fun and interactive show helps to teach children and their parents about ways to get advice and help for minor injuries, rather than attending A&E.


Fix Freddie children

A local parent said that the production ‘taught my kids that doctors are not just in the hospital’.

Another parent said the show was ‘enjoyable, active, exciting and funny’ and made her realise that ‘having a little illness is part of normal childhood’.

Child health experts were on hand to talk to families about health services available to them and to answer any questions.

Alongside the show, families enjoyed activities including face painting and arts and crafts. 

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