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Wellbeing, Support and Rehabilitation

Our Play and Music Therapy service can be seen and heard in each ward at Bristol Children’s Hospital.

With the hospital’s brave patients at the heart of everything we do, this vital service aims to help them during the toughest of times.

Children experience lots of difficult feelings while they are in hospital, particularly during a long stay. Our music therapists, play therapists and sensory play practitioner are all on hand to help patients with these complex emotions and aid their recovery.

Music Therapy

Claire and Karen, our two passionate performers, have delivered over 1,000 music therapy sessions at patients’ bedsides at both Bristol Children’s Hospital and St Michael’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Whether they’re banging a drum, strumming the guitar or playing the flute, our fantastic Grand Appeal Music Therapists bring smiles to over 30 children each week with their group and solo sessions across the wards.

Music Therapy session

Karen with little Indigo enjoying the guitar

Sensory Play

Working alongside them is our Sensory Play Practitioner, Marius, who helps children - like little Frayah – with their development by exploring an array of sights, sounds, and surfaces. Sensory play is an essential part of child development and is particularly effective as an essential outlet for children who are in pain, distressed or anxious about their stay in hospital. Marius, works with a range of children aged 0-17 years with special and additional needs across all specialties.

Sensory play at Bristol Children's Hospital

Play Therapy

Meanwhile, our Oncology Play Assistants help courageous young cancer patients through imaginative and creative play sessions, giving them a chance to have fun and simply be a kid again!

Oncology Play Assistant with patient

Play Assistant Aimee and Gracie enjoy playing LEGO together

Our specialist hospital staff form an important part of our commitment to creating a diverse specialist team that both supports and enriches the amazing team of health professionals at Bristol Children’s Hospital that cares for 100,000 brave patients each year.

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