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 Nurse Specialist at The William Harvey Hospital Ashford ,who along with anesthetist 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 headwear, which will be matched by their anesthetist when arriving to the theatre, thus making the experience less scary. Some caps already used included Star Wars, unicorns, Harry Potter & Marvel Superheroes .

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 already has contact details of over a hundred sewers from all over the country and since its inception fitted 300 hand made surgical caps.

For those of you wishing to learn more about how you can help please contact Patricia at The William Harvey Hospital.

Trustee Ros Debling with Patricia Velazquez-Ruta.