Childhood memories buried beneath Sunderland Royal Hospital

A time capsule containing memoriabila from the childrens wards at Sunderland Royal Hospital was buried in the grounds of the new multi-story car park on Thursday. Pictured l-r are Ian Watson builder, Debbie Atkinson, Pauline Palmer, Gillian Heron, Gordon Salman project manager. Front is Carole Davison.
A time capsule containing memoriabila from the childrens wards at Sunderland Royal Hospital was buried in the grounds of the new multi-story car park on Thursday. Pictured l-r are Ian Watson builder, Debbie Atkinson, Pauline Palmer, Gillian Heron, Gordon Salman project manager. Front is Carole Davison.
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CHILDHOOD memories of life in hospital have been buried in a time capsule at Sunderland Royal.

Staff and patients from the children’s wards have placed a variety of items in the capsule at the Kayll Road hospital’s new multi-storey carpark, which is under construction.

“We wanted to leave a memory about what children are interested in, so we included some small toys,” Matron Pauline Palmer said.

“We also wanted to leave a memory of the children’s wards and staff, so have included the introductions to the wards and some children’s drawings of the staff.

“We included a dream ticket, which is given to children at a clinic before planned surgery.

“The child writes down the dream that they would like to be given by the anaesthetist as they go to sleep before their operation.

“The ticket is given to the anaesthetist when the child is taken to theatre.”

So far the capsule also contains information about wards, a nurses fob watch, photos, Lego, loom bands, a collection of mighty beans, and bravery stickers.

Also given pride of place 
is a poster about washing hands by six-year-old Dixie Martha Baker.