'Busy box' helps beat hospital boredom

Cristina Marques De Campos with the busy box

Published on 12 November 2019

A box of delights is helping to keep patients entertained, thanks to the Friends of the William Harvey Hospital and a creative health care assistant.

Cristina Marques De Campos, who works in the Channel Day Surgery Unit at the hospital in Ashford, had the idea to introduce a ‘busy box’ full of goodies to stop people getting bored while they are in the unit.

She applied for £70 from the hospital’s Friends, and used the money to buy everything from crossword books and cards to colouring pens and pencils.

The box is proving a hit with patients, and other wards are now investigating setting up similar schemes.

Cristina said: “The colouring is very popular and it is fantastic for patients who may want something to help keep them busy or feel less anxious.

“We’ve had some patients play dominoes and cards, although no one has yet been brave enough for the chess set.

“I’m really pleased with how popular it’s been and thankful to the Friends for funding it, as well as to everyone who has bought additional items.”

All the items are cleaned after use to minimise the risk of infection, and donations for the box feature on the Amazon wish list set up by the Friends of the William Harvey Hospital.

To donate an item, visit https://amzn.to/2T0iykO