We’re proud to announce this year’s Starlight Protector of Play is Chris Harrison, a Paediatric Lead Nurse at The Arthur Levin Day Surgery Unit at Queen Elizabeth Hospital!
The Protector of Play award is a special non-Health Play Specialist award that spotlights the hospital staff that work alongside Play Specialists to provide play and distraction to children.
Chris has worked as a registered nurse for a number of years, and he’s always gone out of his way to include play for the children who visit his surgery unit. The hospital can be a frightening and daunting place for everyone, but especially children and young people. Chris is a big proponent of always getting down on their level and finding a common interest to help them feel more comfortable. He’ll often speak to the parents to figure out their interests and likes or comment on the child’s t-shirt or shoes to help them feel less lonely and afraid.