Observations at Broomfield Hospital from Mo Cartwright,-Trustee Action for Sick Children:
” Mother and daughter were sitting with no interaction. After only a few minutes of distraction from The Laughter Specialists they were laughing with lots of eye contact, and private smiles.”
“Boy with parents and grandparents present all very quiet and worried about imminent operation. In a very short time everyone was relaxed and laughing. The parents thanked the clowns for the removal of tension from all the family.”
“A family with infant patient and her two small brothers who were visiting with Dad,they were all entertained – Mum was delighted to see her sons laughing and enjoying themselves – she relaxed, and the baby started feeding!!!”
Other Comments Collated Across Venues:
“My Daughter really enjoyed being made a balloon poodle and having a song sung to her. I think they did brilliant and bring a smile and distraction to the children.” – Parent, Gemma Barnes.
“The Laughter Specialists make a difference by making the children smile and help them enjoy themselves on the ward” – Parent.
“It helped mum and dad to calm her down. It was really good, thank you. It is a really good idea and relaxes and calms them and helps their recovery. It really took the pressure off” – A parent at Broomfield Hospital
“I thought they were very good. Cheered my daughter up. Amy found them very funny” – J. Gilbert, parent, St. Johns Hospital.
“Very good, all the children were thoroughly enjoying being entertained and it helped to relieve the boredom of waiting in hospital and took their minds off what ever they were in for my son was giggling with delight.” – S. Railton, St Johns Hospital, Chelmsford.
“I found them very funny, they made the children and visitors laugh. Also they were very gentle and not in the child’s face, friendly and amusing” – Suky, work experience play worker, Queens Hospital.
“I would like them to come every day” – Nicola, Staff Nurse, Queens Hospital.
“There were very considerate of each child and how much “Entertainment” they provided. In each case they judged it right. They provided a great uplift of spirits for all on a day that had begun on a very low note due to bereavement. I would love to have them every week” – Lyn Clarke, Head Play Specialist, Tropical Lagoon Ward, Queens Hospital, Romford.
Feedback from children and staff at Queens Hospital, Romford March 2011
Noah, 6, Put a smile on his face and made him laugh.
Amie, 15, “I thought they were brilliant and funny. Mum and Dad also enjoyed.”
Callum, 12, “Good, made everyone laugh. They included both the patient and the visitors. They stayed in character.”
Amy,14, “Very funny, would like to see them again.”
Joshua, 13, “Really liked them. Nan loved them.”
George,6, Liked a lot, Nan said they very gentle and great with him.
Ethan, 4, Liked them a lot, found them very enjoyable and they made him very happy.