Hospital visits can be a very daunting prospect for children, and these anxious feelings are heightened during the coronavirus pandemic, particularly for vulnerable young patients.

Thanks to your generous donations during this unprecedented time, we have funded iPads across several wards and departments at Leeds Children’s Hospital.

For young patients who still need to visit hospital regularly for treatment, like 8-year-old Jacob, the iPads are a welcome distraction.

Jacob has been under the care of the Urology and Renal Team since birth, and regularly visits the Urology Specialist Clinic for treatment.

His mum Felicity, recently took Jacob to the clinic for a routine procedure and noticed he was much calmer, “The iPad is a welcome distraction for what can be an invasive procedure, Jacob was so preoccupied playing games he didn’t realise when his treatment was finished!”

Jessica Meyer, Children’s Urology Nurse Specialist said, “The iPad has helped us implement interactive distraction techniques, so procedures feel less frightening for children and young people. We’ve also been able to conduct virtual clinic appointments to support patients who are unable to visit hospital during the pandemic.”