|Mother's Tea Party organised by Great Ormond Street Hospital brings a sense of community during time of need|
• Mothers of Kuwaiti children and those from across the worldgather at monthly tea party to share their experiences and help each other
Kuwait, 12 June2013: The International and Private Patients Service at Great Ormond Street Hospital Londonrecently launched a monthly tea party for mothers of children who are currently inpatients at GOSH. Many mothers of Kuwaiti children and those from across the world gather at the monthly tea party to share their experiences and help each other.Having a child in hospital is a very worrying time for families especially so if you are visiting GOSH from overseas, and English is not your first language.
The monthly tea parties have had a resounding positive effect on the mothers, many from Kuwait. The meetings aim at creating a sense of strong community spirit amongst the mothers and GOSH staff. Mothers are more supportive to each other, helping each other through the difficult times, sharing their experiences and helping each other to settle into ward life.
The tea parties provide an opportunity to GOSH clinical staff to educate and trainmothers around simple medical procedures that enable them to develop their own skills so that they can provide better care for their child.
Mrs Al Marri,the mother of Ali Hamadfrom Kuwait who is 5 years old and is at GOSH for surgical procedures commented: “The tea parties are really good for us;we get the opportunity to properly socialise and create connections with other mothers on the wards.We can support each other and talk about our experiences, our child's condition and treatment. Itgives us a chance to bring a bit of home spirit into the hospital and make me feel reassured that my child is getting the best treatment available.”
“The nurses here try and make sure our stay at GOSH is as comfortable and pleasant as possible and they ensure that we are a valued member of our child's health care team. The tea parties are not only about drinking tea, eating cakes and socialising, we get trained in certain medical procedures which helps us to look after our child better. We also have the opportunity to talk as a group about the ideas we may have to improve our stay at GOSH and to go over any concerns we may have.”
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