Virtual tour helps kids prepare for hospital visit
10 April 2017
Children and families can now explore the Queensland Children’s Hospital from the comfort of their homes, thanks to a new online 360-degree virtual reality tour.
In an Australian paediatric healthcare first, the tour looks and functions in the same way as the popular Google street view feature but allows users to “step” right inside the hospital and familiarise themselves with the wards, outpatient clinic areas and other facilities.
Children’s Health Queensland Chief Executive Fionnagh Dougan said the virtual tour would help prepare children and families coming to the hospital.
“We understand a hospital admission can be a frightening and unfamiliar experience for children. The virtual tour will give them an idea of where they will be going and what they might see.”
“Our clinicians are particularly excited about the potential for using the virtual tour as a clinical tool for helping children with autism and a range of anxiety-related conditions,”
Ms Dougan said.
“By letting children see the hospital and the specific areas they will be visiting in advance, we hope to help allay their worries.”
Ms Dougan said Children’s Health Queensland was committed to putting the needs
and experience of patients and families at the heart of every step they take in their healthcare journey.
The tour was developed using 11,000 photos which were captured over eight days
to create 615 360-degree panoramic views across 12 levels of the hospital.
Children’s Health Queensland has further enhanced the virtual tour on its website by adding a navigation-based menu that allows users to jump to any level in the hospital. Users can also access additional information, including videos from the My Trip to Hospital video series.
The tour can be viewed from the hospital’s Google business profile or directly via the Queensland Children’s Hospital website at www.childrens.health.qld.gov.au/qch/about-us/virtual-tour/.
A virtual reality viewer headset can also be used to provide a fully immersive virtual reality experience allowing users to ‘walk’ through the hospital.
To add some extra fun for children during the Easter holidays, the virtual tour has been launched with five Easter eggs hidden throughout the hospital. Users must follow the clues and explore the hospital to find all the eggs.
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