|RACH Play Unit Aberdeen Update|
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We went along to the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital to have follow up and a wee demonstration of the Omivista unit that our donation back in February had provided. The hospital play service manager Heather Beattie and NHS communications officer Emma Pettis took some time out from their busy day to show us around.
When we arrived at the play area the Omivista was already up and running (and being enjoyed by some children) so it was easy for us to see what it actually was capable of. Basically the unit projects an image onto the surrounding floor area, this image is interactive meaning that the children can touch it, stamp on it, roll on it or interact with it in many ways and the image will react in some way depending on the play mode. It’s also sensory so the children can touch it, hear it and see what is happening.
As you can see from the photos 3 year old Megan is loving it, trying to swim in the pond and even trying to fill her flask with water (we didn’t spoil the illusion).
It really is amazing technology and the amount of different play modes we saw were amazing. While we there we saw the children making a pond ripple with their hands trying to catch the fish, chasing and then stamping on jellyfish to make them explode, making planets spin around a universe with their hands or feet. There was even a piano, xylophone and other musical instruments that could be interacted with and would actually play music. There is even a football simulation that we had great fun with kicking the balls around (big kids eh!).
Play service manager Heather Beattie told us that the beauty of the Omivista is in getting children who are or have been ill to interact with the floor image in an almost instinctive way. Children who have had a broken or immobile arm or leg can play with it and start to get some mobility back into the limb. While children who have been bedridden for a while can also easily get benefit from it as it is extremely portable and can be wheeled into a child’s room easily. It’s really no bigger than a small bedside table.
Heather also told us that the physiotherapists in the hospital love it as, in some cases, it can be hard to try and get a child mobile again after a period of illness but with the Omivista the child wants to naturally play with the interactive elements and get moving again.
Heather and her team do truly fantastic work with the children and have our greatest respect for the work they do. We’re privileged to have been able to help out the RACH Play department and are glad that the Omivista has arrived and is in almost constant use bringing a bit of fun into children’s lives that have to visit the hospital.
Of course, as always, TACC could not do things like this without your help. Our supporters really make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children here in Scotland and overseas. Thank you.
Huge thanks also to Heather and Emma for showing us around.