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Philips Kitten Scanner helps children prepare for hospital scans

Royal Philips and United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust are partnering to provide an interactive miniature scanner to help prepare some of the county’s youngest patients for hospital scans without the need of sedation or a general anaesthetic.

A Kitten Scanner is being used at Grantham and District Hospital to help children understand how an MRI scanner works, what it feels like to have a scan, and how the results can help them in their recovery. In the first few months, the ‘mini-scanner’ has enabled dozens of children to have their scan without the need for any sedation. Play leader, Sandy Crook, and Radiographer, Helen Disbrow-Carpenter, are part of the team that introduced the Kitten Scanner, and both continue to play an instrumental role in the clinics.

Sandy Crook said: “I spend most of my time working as a nursery nurse at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston, but really enjoy coming to Grantham to help prepare children for their scans using the Kitten Scanner. Coming to hospital is daunting for anyone, but especially when you are a child. By using the app and playing with the Kitten Scanner the children understand what is happening, and can ask any questions they might have. Only when they are comfortable, I bring them from the Kingfisher Suite and across the courtyard for them to have their own MRI scan with Helen and the team. They know what it will look like, and what sounds they might hear, and they can also pick a film to watch while they are having their scan. We also allow a parent to be present, and have a ribbon that they and their child can each hold an end of throughout the scan for support and comfort.”

Helen Disbrow-Carpenter added: “Previously, many of our young patients may have needed to be sedated for their scan, but now – through play – we can do it without. By not needing sedation it means they can have their scans quicker. It is so much better for our patients and their parents, and it frees up hospital resources for our other patients.”

Peveril Johnstone, Clinical Application leader, MR at Philips UK and Ireland, said: “Philips’ focus is to create value with sustainable impact, and for us that starts with people-centric solutions. The Philips Kitten Scanner is one such innovation. Allowing children the time and space to discover how a scanner works ahead of a procedure has been proven to help to reduce anxiety, improve their overall experience, and the chances of a successful procedure, with the reduced necessity for a general anaesthetic. We’re therefore incredibly proud to be supporting the wonderful clinical teams at Grantham and District Hospital, and to see young patients feeling more confident and at ease.”

The £15,000 Kitten Scanner was purchased through the United Lincolnshire Hospitals Charity. Charity Manager, Ben Petts, said: “We jumped at the chance to get involved in such an amazing project. Hearing the difference that the Kitten Scanner is already making for patients is wonderful. Plans are in place to run more sessions so that even more of our young patients can get to play with the Kitten Scanner.”

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