01st June 2016 Written by Skills for Health

Image: Bristol Royal Hospital.To celebrate International Children’s Day on June 1st, Skills for Health and National Skills Academy have launched a week-long celebration to honour our children’s health heroes, giving everyone a chance to say ‘thank you’ to those who work in paediatric care – whether they’re volunteers, cleaners, postmen or chefs.

Ward 36 At Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, is a short-stay surgical ward dealing with many specialities including Orthopaedics, General Surgery, Plastic Surgery and Scans. Due to the patients’ short stays and quick turn-arounds, the ward is always very busy and needs Health Heroes like Graham Tarling to keep things running smoothly.

Hello, I’m Graham

I’m Graham and I am a Nursing Assistant on Ward 36 at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.

When the children and their families arrive onto the ward I greet them with a smile and help to put them at ease. I always talk to them regarding any fears they may have and make them as comfortable as possible. I also go with the child to theatre, so they have a familiar face with them for the whole journey to make them comfortable.

From Minions to Football

I love working with all ages of children from toddlers to teenagers. I ask what their interests are, this can be anything from Minions to the football league! I then interact with the children throughout their stay on the ward. In my opinion working on Ward 36 is real privilege and this is the best job I have ever had, it's a pleasure to come to work every day.

Graham is just one in hundreds of health heroes that work behind the scenes in children’s hospitals across the UK.

During our Paediatrics Week and International Children’s Day celebrations we will be honouring these healthcare support workers and the vital roles they play in our children’s paediatric care.

To get involved or just to find out what we have been up to you can follow the updates here: www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/ourhealthheroes

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