This headline caught the eye of Ros Debling, a Trustee of The Paula Carr Diabetes Trust. A moderate sewer, with a stash of off-cut fabrics from making clothes for her grand-daughters, she made contact with Patricia Velazquez-Ruta, photographed below with some of Ros’ finished caps.

Patricia is a surgical care practitioner on Padua Ward at The William Harvey Hospital Ashford ,who along with anaesthetist John Coombs, came up with this innovative idea. It’s aimed at making children and young people feel more empowered by engaging with the operating team after choosing their own headgear, thus making the experience less scary. Some caps already used included Minions, unicorns, Harry Potter, hearts and rainbows.

Feedback from both parents and patients has been really encouraging with one mum saying “It meant he felt a bit more in control of the process and he was so proud to take his cap home and show it to his siblings. Data and feedback will be collated with the hope that the tangible success of this scheme will expand to the other EKUHT hospitals. Patricia is thrilled that she has contact details for many sewers and since its inception used 300 hand made surgical caps.

Donations of suitable cotton fabric can be dropped off at the Friends of Willam Harvey Shop inside the hospital.

Trustee Ros Debling with Patricia Velazquez-Ruta.