Little Lenny’s under the sea adventure

Dolphin rides, swimming with seals and playing in a room full of kittens. Doesn’t sound like your average trip to the emergency department, does it? 

But that’s exactly what five-year-old Lenny (pictured above and on the front cover) got up to during his recent visit, after a little accident at home required two stitches to his chin. 

Lenny was completely unaware of the treatment administered by the Paediatric Emergency Department (ED) staff as he was wearing a SmileyScope – a new virtual reality headset which transported him off on an underwater adventure. 

“I asked him after if he knew he had to have four needles, and he had no idea,” mum Lauren said. “Not once did he cry, ask for me, or say he was scared... he was simply relaxed and enjoying what he was watching.

“Without the goggles on I think he would have been quite stressed and anxious, particularly seeing a needle come towards him, but instead he had a great experience” 

This technology will be offered to young patients in a bid to calm and distract them during procedures such as stitches, blood collection, needles, inserting catheters and nasogastric tubes, or fitting plaster casts.

The headsets were purchased thanks to your generous donations, support from engineering company Babcock Australasia, and fundraising by Emergency Department staff. Thank you!

 “It’s really wonderful to make what is often a traumatic experience for kids and their families that little bit easier. Instead  of them crying or screaming they’re talking about being under the sea and swimming with octopuses, penguins and dolphins… they’re just blown away,” FMC Paediatric ED Nurse Unit Manager, Megan Eastaughffe, said.

Thank you for making hospital a better place for kids and their families!

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