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Alder Play is a fun new web-based service for children and adults, developed in Alder Hey, that incorporates some of the latest digital and cognitive advances to create a playful, magical and informative experience for the user.
Alder Play will become a core way of how Alder Hey communicates with children and families and can be accessed here.
The core aims of Alder Play are to familiarise children and families with the hospital, distract them during procedures or downtime and to reward for positive health behaviours.
The design of Alder Play has been created to introduce Alder Hey to children. In addition to familiar colours and textures, there are 360 degree tours of some of the main hospital areas and videos to learn what a blood test and x- ray are really like. Children can select a character to show them around the hospital. For parents, there is a chat bot to ask questions about Alder Hey
Alder Play enables staff, for the first time, to award digital stickers to children visiting Alder Hey . Once awarded, the augmented reality stickers “come alive” and can be stored within the app for the children to look at again. There are also stickers that share Oli’s journey to Alder Hey and allow special content to be viewed. Award stickers are available for junior clinical experts.
Alder Play has Alder Hey specific content to keep children distracted and entertained. This includes Hardlees mini – games and cartoons . The stickers use augmented reality and once collected can be played with again.
The idea for Alder Play originated with one of our consultants and his daughter. Firstly, it was created as an app in Alder Hey by the Innovation Team working with a leading digital company, ustwo. Funding was provided by Alder Hey Children’s Charity (with significant sponsorship granted by Shop Direct and Liverpool John Lennon Airport) and the Trust GDE programme. The development of Alder Play has only been made possible through a collaboration of expertise from the health, retail, travel and technology sectors. Alder Play can now be access on any web browser, by going to http://alderplay.alderhey.nhs.uk/.
The Explore Alder Hey section contains six, 360 degree images of the hospital, these are ; the front entrance, the atrium, a ward, bedroom, waiting area and play area. This feature can be accessed and viewed from anywhere, enabling families to become familiar with the hospital before they arrive. They choose a character when they first log who accompanies them around the hospital. Also in the child’s section is a “learn” section that is home to 2 videos recorded by children to show what having a blood test and an x-ray is like. In addition there is a section that encourages children to explore and enables them to self- award stickers and rewards.
Alder Play has lots of playful features including clouds that “pop” and a musical keyboard. In addition there are 8 Hardlees jigsaw puzzles with 3 levels of challenge and a pairing game also with 3 options.
For the first time children can now receive a digital sticker that they can save in their sticker bank. Some of the stickers are character based and when played with again come alive using augmented reality. Other stickers are experience based or awarded after the child has explored or learnt something new.
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