The children’s wards at both the James Cook University Hospital and Friarage Hospital now have a fleet of five electric cars.
Children can use the cars to get to theatres or x-ray, helping to ease any anxieties and make their hospital stay as comfortable as possible, said South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
“It’s lovely to be able to see children happy on the way to surgery instead of being anxious”
The miniature vehicles are controlled by the children, but can be over ridden by an adult with a remote control – meaning they are in complete control at all times.
Cathy Brammer, matron for neonates, children and young people, said; “We are really grateful to people for donating the cars. We started with one and now have a fleet.
“It’s lovely to be able to see children happy on the way to surgery instead of being anxious,” she said.
The first car to arrive was a mini Tesla donated by Danny Plummer, a member of Tesla Owners Group UK – who have donated over 150 cars to wards around the country.
“It certainly brightens their trips to theatre. The children love it”
Another was donated by a generous anonymous member of the public, who handed it in to the children’s ward at James Cook.
But the biggest donation came from local fundraiser Justin Henderson, who donated three more with funds he had raised for South Tees Hospitals Charity.
The cars have proven to be really popular with children of all ages, and there are “now smiles all round on the way to theatre”, said the trust.
Acting ward manager, Maxine Stephens said: “It certainly brightens their trips to theatre. The children love it, and it makes quite a daunting journey quite a bright one.”