How play specialists can reduce use of anaesthesia during radiotherapy
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How play specialists can reduce use of anaesthesia during radiotherapy

Penelope Hart-Spencer Play specialist and paediatric support co-ordinator, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester
Amanda Griffiths Consultant paediatric anaesthetist, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester

Penelope Hart-Spencer and Amanda Griffiths explain why avoiding the use of general anaesthetic during treatment is better for children and more cost effective for the NHS

Radiotherapy practice is complex and daunting for children. With the support of a health play specialist, children are able to have their treatment without the use of a general anaesthetic. Children are taught about the radiotherapy treatment process and prepared for each step of the treatment pathway. Existing fears are worked through and eliminated, and trust and rapport is built between the child and the health play specialist.

Treatment that does not involve the use of a general anaesthetic is not only better for children’s wellbeing and daily routines, but also more cost effective for NHS trusts.

Cancer Nursing Practice. 14, 10, 16-20. doi: 10.7748/cnp.14.10.16.s20


Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 10 August 2015

Accepted: 05 November 2015

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