About this service

Ipswich Hospital children’s play team

We are usually based in the play room on Bergholt Ward, at Ipswich Hospital, between 9am – 4pm Monday to Friday.

We hold daily clinics, general and therapeutic play, and see children and young people as outpatient referrals.

We offer on-call support to other areas of the hospital where young patients may be attending, including:

  • Paediatric Investigation Unit
  • Children’s Outpatient department and Blood Clinic
  • Paediatric Assessment Unit
  • Emergency Department and Minor Injuries Unit
  • Raedwald Children’s Day Surgery Unit
  • ENT Department
  • Ophthalmology outpatients
  • Diagnostic Imaging departments, including MRI, CT and Ultrasound
  • Neurophysiology clinics.

We are registered with HPSET (Health Play Specialist Education Trust).

We are managed by Dr Léonie McDonald, Lead Paediatric Clinical Psychologist.

You can contact us via:

  • Landline – 01473 702 186
  • Mobile – 07525 922 138
  • Twitter – @IpsHospPlay

Our regular supporters

  • Starlight
  • Jess Grant Celebration – Who fund our Music Therapy sessions
  • Suffolk Art Link – who provide our Clown Doctors
  • Fairy Bricks
  • Clowns in the Sky
  • Teddies for Loving Care
  • Get Well Gamers
  • Children’s Hospital Pyjamas
  • Project Linus (Suffolk)
A picture of Dr Fidget and Dr Mischief, two clowns with red noses wearing white doctors coats over their colourful clown costumes.

Suffolk Art Link’s Clown Round – Dr Fidget and Dr Mischief

The play team with their award certificate, photographed in the outdoor play area with senior Child Health management.

Starlight’s Play team of the Year 2021



We are currently not able to accept physical donations from the public and our supporters due to infection control restrictions.

Please contact the play team for guidance.

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