3D screen helps chase pain away

Pictured with the new 3D screen pain distraction system at the Caroline Thorpe children's ward are (

Pictured with the new 3D screen pain distraction system at the Caroline Thorpe children's ward are (in green) Care for Kids charity members Jo Dunbavin, Di Wogden, Jacky Massos, Fran Greenaway and Jenny Birch, together with Dr Julian Cox and Ian Pincombe plus Andrew Thorne of Eaton in South Molton, which raised the money. - Credit: Archant

Innovative new pain distraction system donated to Barnstaple children’s ward to help young patients through difficult treatment.

AN innovative new ‘pain distraction’ system has been purchased for the children’s ward at North Devon District Hospital thanks to the generosity of a local company.

No one likes to undergo difficult or painful medical procedures such as injections or a blood transfusion, but it is even harder for children and can make a visit to hospital incredibly traumatic.

But staff at Eaton in South Molton have raised £7,700 to enable local charity Care for Kids North Devon to buy a state-of-the art 3D Pain and Anxiety Distraction System for the Caroline Thorpe Ward treatment room.

It provides a variety of breath-taking on screen fantasy 3D images such as an underwater world, castles, butterflies or dinosaurs to help captivate and distract child patients during procedures.


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Members of Eaton’s charity team include Ian Pincombe, Nicola Ross and Rick Ackland – all of whom have had children they said had received excellent care on the ward.

“Our charity committee realised the benefits of the 3D Pain Distraction System will be felt by many local children and were keen to work with Care for Kids to purchase this cutting-edge equipment. We hope it will be a fantastic addition to the Ward,” said Ian, committee treasurer.

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Care for Kids trustee Jo Dunbavin added: “Research has shown the Pain Distraction System can transfix a child and make the treatment they are receiving the side-show. One child from a hospital using similar equipment received three courses of chemotherapy and when he was told that he wouldn’t need any more he was upset because he wouldn’t see the images anymore.”

The equipment and its screen is portable and the ward’s play specialist Fran Greenaway, also a charity trustee, said it could well turn out to be something staff wondered how they ever managed without it: “When we trialled the equipment, we received great feedback – wow, fantastic, brilliant were words constantly used and the staff all stated that it was great to have the kids distracted.”

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