King's Lynn hospital worker pens book to reassure young patients
A support worker from Lynn has offered some literary inspiration for youngsters worried by the prospect of hospital scans.
Sally Nederpel, who works in the radiology department at the town's Queen Elizabeth Hospital, penned Arthur Has An X-Ray as part of a health studies degree programme funded by the trust.
And the book was a real family affair as Sally's son Oli modelled for it.
Sally said: If you see a real child as opposed to an illustration, it makes more relatable. Oli really enjoyed taking part."
The book is now being used in the hospital's radiology department along with the Rudham children’s ward, the Roxburgh children’s centre and the emergency department. An electronic version is also available on the hospital's website.
It provides step by step descriptions of the processes involved in an X-ray and other tests such as an Ultrasound, CT or MRI scan.
Sally said: “I am really pleased with how the book has turned out and I hope that it takes away some of the anxiety for children when they come to radiology for tests.
“Generally children attend Radiology when they are either in pain or feeling unwell so the large machines and their flashing lights can be frightening. We have had some children who have found it quite upsetting.”