THIS WEEK IN 1994: Children drive to operating theatre

A mini-fleet of tiny cars was delivered to a Portsmouth children's ward to taxi the youngsters to their operations.

Monday, 2nd July 2018, 7:00 am
Updated Monday, 16th July 2018, 4:48 pm
Lee Stace, four, is greeted by theatre receptionist Jessica Willis as he tries out the new transport. PPP-180626-221723001

The corridors of Queen Alexandra hospital were turned into a small-scale Brands Hatch by budding baby racing drivers.

Staff on the children’s ward at the Cosham hospital decided to abandon traditional trolleys in favour of a door-to-door car service for the smallest patients on the ward.

Sister Katrina Adams said: ‘We are having a lot of day cases who are not sedated before they go to theatre so are quite alert.

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‘We thought the cars would help to take some of the fear away from the children.’

They could choose from a go-kart or a cosy coupé to drive themselves to the operating theatre.