A Trip to the Hospital
A&U Children’s, 2021
32pp., hbk., RRP $A24.99
Sadly, many of our children visit hospitals as patients more times than we like. either because of an accident or illness. Even for adults, they can be intimidating places and even moreso if the visit is an unexpected emergency – ask me how I know!!!
But it can be made less traumatic if children know what to expect and so this book, based on an Australian hospital, is very timely and useful. Following the journey three children, each being admitted for a different reason, the book’s purpose is to show that hospitals are amazing places filled with clever people all doing incredible things, including making you feel better. The emphasis is on the people who may look scary because they’re wearing masks (although that’s not so uncommon these days) and that the tools and machines they use are there to help them.
But as well as reassuring the would-be patient, with hospital admissions on the increase because of COVID-19, it also helps them understand what is happening to their family and friends who might also be admitted.
If we know what to expect in unfamiliar situations then our anxiety levels are lowered and we are much more able to cope. This book certainly does that.