Due to the current global health crisis, face masks have become a recommended component as states and businesses begin to re-open.
Healthcare professionals in the United Kingdom are using some of these Disney face masks not only to stay safe, but also bring a little bit of joy back to some patients.
Doctors and nurses in the children’s Panda unit at the UK’s Salford Royal Hospital have attached cutouts of Disney characters like Mickey, Dumbo, Stitch and more to the tops of their face shields according to the Manchester Evening News. The staff are hoping to keep kids distracted from the turbulent nature of the situation around them.
“Being in hospital can be daunting for a young patient at any time but now that we are wearing masks and visors, it can be quite scary for them,” consultant nurse and clinical lead Nathan Griffiths says. “It’s important that we build a trusting rapport with our patients and the characters on our visors are a fun way to distract them and make them smile.”
The matron of the unit, Rachel Baird, added, “From greeting patients in triage, to assessing and treating them on the unit, these character visors have been welcomed with many smiles, stopped some tears and have brought about some very interesting conversations. The parents and staff quite like them too.”