Eva joins Harvey's Gang at Southampton

On Friday University Hospital at Southampton (UHS) 

Kerry and team write; "we had the great pleasure of meeting 7 ½  year old
Eva has  Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) and has been treated at UHS since she was  a 1 year old!

Eva bought hospital bear along on the visit, he had his own home made lab coat which was super awesome!

Eva loves science and was really excited and engaged by her tour.  Eva’s mum said the initiative was inspired and a great experience for the children, often the blood tests needed are not explained to the family.  Eva went back to clinic, had her sample taken and came back smiling to load it on the track.

Eva’s play specialist Jenny took her second tour alongside Eva, Jenny said she loved the way each tour was tailored to the child and was very age appropriate.  Apparently Eva was buzzing with excitement after the tour and she wants to be a scientist J

For me today it was humbling to watch Eva intently listening and taking in everything we told her, such a smart young lady.  She put a smile on all the staffs faces.

Looking forward to our next little visitor

Kerry Dowling
Blood Transfusion Laboratory Manager

Laboratory Medicine

Southampton General Hospital

Thanks Kerry and Harvey's Gang team at Southampton: Did you Catch the BBC The One Show? I was recognised, with an NHS70 Healthcare award for Children and Young People, for the work that Harvey's Gang is doing in 40 Trust sites around the UK. Very humbled, thank you, Malcolm.

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