"There's loads of toys for little kids but nothing for a 15yr old to do"

About: Royal Manchester Children's Hospital

(as the patient),

I'm 15 years old and I've been to the Royal Manchester about 6 times now since I had to start coming here. The doctors are alright.

I don't really like coming to hospital just because it's not nice going to hospital. The doctors don't do anything to help me feel less worried but they're generally friendly. They explain to me and my mum what they're going to do which is good.

We could drive to my previous hospital at Booth Hall but we can't drive to this one - it's too far. We have to wait for transport to pick us up, and then afterwards we have to wait for transport to take us home - we've waited for 4 hours before.

There's lots of toys for young kids but nothing really for me to do. I liked the game stations at my previous hospital (Booth Hall). It was an old hospital but I liked it more, especially because it was so much closer so coming to hospital didn't take almost all day.

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Response from Tessa Davis, RMCH Patient Opinion Project Lead, Royal Manchester Children's Hospital

Thank you for your comments.

I did take your comments about toys for older children to a recent meeting of the Ambulatory Care Directorate (these are the people who look after Outpatients). The hospital is keen to improve the entertainment for teenagers. I will be meeting with the Play Specialists and will ask them about the game stations from Booth Hall as it may be possible to provide something like this. Do you have any other suggestions for what might be good for teenagers? Please post any back on here if you think of anything.

It is a shame that this hospital is further away from your house but we hope that this hospital provides better facilities than the old hospitals and so it'll be worth the trip.

The doctors are very pleased to hear that you like them and that you like the way they try to explain things to you.

Thanks again.

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