Harry Potter hats ease children’s fears about surgery

A team of hospital staff in the UK has devised a scheme to make the experience of surgery less frightening for children and young people.

Surgical care practitioner Patricia Velazquez-Ruta and anaesthetist John Coombes at East Kent Hospitals came up with the idea of creating caps in special fabrics for children to wear during their operation.

Youngsters admitted to Padua Ward at the William Harvey Hospital for surgery can choose from a range of fabrics including unicorns, Marvel Heroes, Star Wars and Harry Potter - with their anaesthetist wearing a matching one.

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