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            website: www.waht.nhs.uk                                    7 October 08

                       Ship Shape Toy at the Seashore Centre
Ahoy there! Children waiting for appointments in the Seashore Centre at Weston General
Hospital are playing on the new interactive toy in the shape of a ship – and loving it!

The toy was purchased with the last of the funds from the Weston Super Kids Appeal which
raised the money for the Seashore Centre, which opened in February 2007. It was made-to-
order and installed by a company called Play and Form, run by a husband-and-wife in
Germany.

Weston consultant paediatrician Dr Ann Hinsberger had spotted their work previously while at
a Paediatric Conference in the country.

Children can sit on the ship, steer its wheel or put their faces through its portholes, and there
are sea creatures and a lighthouse to play with on it too.

Seashore Centre manager Julia Marker said: “We wanted a good quality, built-to-last
interactive play installation on the seashore theme that was also interesting for everyone
using the waiting room to look at.

“It is certainly well-used and well-liked by the children. We are always having to go and get
them out of the ship when it’s their turn to see the doctor!”

                                              For further information please contact Caroline
                                              Thomas on 01934 647091.




                                              Picture shows: left to right: Seashore Centre
                                              Nurses Natalie Boley and Lucy Comley with Dr
                                              Ann Hinsberger (centre) and Naomi Upward,
                                              aged 11, and Ryan Upward, nine.

				
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