Our Hospital Programme

For children in hospital, books and stories are particularly important – they comfort, distract, reassure and entertain. Read for Good provides a regular supply of brand new books along with storyteller visits to brighten up the days of children in all of the UK’s main children’s hospitals. Children unable to leave their beds can choose books from our specially designed mobile bookcase which wheels right up to their bedside. Because they are brand new, the books are safe for those at high risk of infection.

Providing and reaching, every year:

              

 

Emma Jarvis, Arts Development Manager from Norwich and Norfolk Hospital explains why Read for Good’s work in hospitals is so vital; while the books and stories cheer up children in hospital, the ripple effects of our work on the wider hospital community are significant:

“The more comfortable our patients, the less anxious our visiting families. The less anxious our visiting families, the more time staff have to carry out other duties. Happier children attending operating theatres will spend less time in the anaesthetic room and will then wake up relaxed in recovery.

Read for Good has a significant impact throughout the hospital and throughout a patient’s journey from admission to discharge.”

Our hospitals

  1. Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital

    Storyteller: Gerry Durkin

    One of our three hospitals in Scotland with 80 paediatric beds and almost 9,000 young in-patients per year

    Service launched in June 2014

  2. Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh

    Storyteller: Gerry Durkin

    One of our three hospitals in Scotland, Edinburgh has 110 paediatric beds serving around 34,000 young people

    Service launched in June 2016

  3. Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow

    Storyteller: Gerry Durkin

    One of our three hospitals in Scotland with 200 paediatric beds and almost 21,000 young in-patients per year

    Service launched in June 2013

  4. Great North Children’s Hospital

    Storyteller: Gerry Durkin

    Serving children across the North East with 260 beds and almost 22,000 paediatric in-patients per year

    Service launched in June 2013

  5. Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children

    Storyteller: Steve Lally

    Northern Ireland’s only children’s hospital with 83 beds and around 7,500 in-patients each year

    Service launched in June 2013

  6. Leeds Children’s Hospital

    Storyteller: Amanda Smith

    155 paediatric beds and over 36,000 young in-patients per year

    Service launched in June 2014

  7. Hull Royal Infirmary

    Storyteller: Graham Langley

    79 paediatric beds and over 5,500 young in-patients per year

    Service launched in October 2014

  8. Alder Hey Children’s Hospital

    Storyteller: Helen Appleton

    A large 236 bed children’s hospital with almost 34,000 young in-patients each year.

    Service launched in May 2014

  9. Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

    Storyteller: Helen Appleton

    One of the largest children’s hospitals in Europe with 407 beds. Almost 21 000 children are in-patients each year

    Service launched in February 2014

  10. Sheffield Children’s Hospital

    Storyteller: Amanda Smith

    104 paediatric beds and thousands of young in-patients per year

    Service launched in April 2014

  11. Ysbyty Gwynedd

    Storyteller: Fiona Colllins

    One of our three hospitals in Wales with 38 paediatric beds and over 6,000 young in-patients per year.

    Service launched in June 2014

  12. Queen’s Medical Centre

    Storyteller: Amanda Smith

    116 paediatric beds and almost 11,000 young in-patients per year

    Service launched in February 2014

  13. Leicester Children’s Hospital

    Storyteller: Helen Appleton

    115 paediatric beds serving thousands of young in-patients in and around the East Midlands

    Service launched in June 2014

  14. Birmingham Children’s Hospital

    Storyteller: Graham Langley

    Readathon’s pilot hospital, one of the largest in the UK with 300 beds and over 40,000 paediatric in-patients per year.

    Service launched in January 2011

  15. Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital

    Storyteller: Amanda Smith

    33 beds at the Jenny Lind Children’s hospital with over 21,000 young in-patients per year.

    Service launched in December 2015

  16. Addenbrookes Hospital

    Storyteller: Wilf Merttens

    64 paediatric beds with almost 16,000 young in-patients per year

    Service launched in January 2014

  17. Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

    Storyteller: Michael Loader

    45 paediatric beds and around 12,000 children treated each year

    Service launched in March 2014

  18. John Radcliffe Hospital

    Storyteller: Adele Moss

    Readathon’s pilot hospital, with 88 beds and almost 26,000 paediatric in-patients per year

    Service launched in July 2015

  19. Morriston Hospital, Swansea

    Storyteller: Michael Loader

    One of our three hospitals in Wales with 40 paediatric beds and over 9,000 young in-patients per year

    Service launched in December 2013

  20. Noahs Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales

    Storyteller: Michael Loader

    Wales’ dedicated hospital for children has 99 beds and almost 14,000 young in-patients per year.

    Service launched in June 2015

  21. Bristol Royal Children’s Hospital

    Storyteller: Wilf Merttens

    One of our longest-serving hospitals with 160 paediatric beds meeting the needs of nearly 13,000 children per year

    Service launched in December 2010

  22. Royal Berkshire Hospital

    Storyteller: Adele Moss

    66 paediatric beds serving thousands of young in-patients in and around Reading and the county of Berkshire

    Service launched in February 2015

  23. Royal Free Hospital, London

    Storyteller: Jen Lunn

    Our smallest hospital with 29 paediatric beds and over 3,000 young in-patients per year

    Service launched in November 2013

  24. Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children

    Storyteller: Wilf Merttens

    One of the most well known children’s hospitals in the UK with 387 beds and almost 41,000 young in-patients per year

    Service launched in February 2014

  25. Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

    Storyteller: Wilf Merttens

    70 paediatric beds with over 13,000 young in-patients per year.

    Service launched in September 2015

  26. Evelina Children’s Hospital

    Storyteller: Jen Lunn

    Just a hop and a skip from Westminster Bridge, 120 beds and almost 31,000 paediatric in-patients per year

    Service launched in October 2013

  27. Southampton General Hospital

    Storyteller: Mike O’Leary

    120 paediatric beds and over 30,000 young in-patients per year

    Service launched in March 2014

  28. Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, Brighton

    Storyteller: Jen Lunn

    A sea view from this Brighton hospital with 55 paediatric beds and over 13,000 young in-patients each year

    Service launched in November 2014

  29. Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital

    Storyteller: Mike O’Leary

    39 paediatric beds and almost 5,000 young in-patients per year

    Service launched in March 2015

  30. Royal Cornwall Hospital

    Storyteller: Mike O’Leary

    37 paediatric beds and over 12,000 young in-patients per year

    Service launched in November 2014

  31. Jersey General Hospital

    Storyteller: Mike O’Leary

    15 paediatric beds on Robin Ward in this small hospital on the island of Jersey with 1,600 young in-patients a year.

    Service launched in July 2015

“Good books are as important as good doctors when you are in hospital. One makes your body better and the other your soul.”

Adam Bojelian