Meetings are taking place ahead of a launch event to introduce the Leeds Children's Hospital unit, which will be aimed at young hospital patients aged from 5 to 14 and will be an additional activity complementing ward-based play, education and initiatives like the Youth Forum.
A small number of hospital units of this sort exist elsewhere in the country but this will be a first for Leeds and staff are very excited at the possibilities as there are plans to include as many traditional activities as possible, including indoor camping. The unit will meet weekly and will be free to young patients and their siblings. Youngsters in hospital won't have to be existing members and it is hoped it might interest them in joining a local troop when they are feeling better and out of hospital.
The scout and guide unit will be based in The Learning Zone, on B-floor. More details will be announced in due course, but as part of preparations Anne Stanton, Rachel Hollis and Sarah Fletcher from the Children's Hospital and Gwyneth Stephen from The Learning Zone met with Laura Stubbs, who has been instrumental in getting the idea off the ground and will be Captain of the combined Leeds Children's Hospital guides and scouts.
Also there lending their support was Matthew Milner (Deputy County Youth Commissioner for the Scouts) as well as LTHT consultant anaesthetist Dr Alison Bliss, an active supporter of the guide and scout movements.
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