A mini Tesla had its first test drive in Poole Hospital’s children’s unit yesterday after a younger patient took it for a spin.
The electric children’s ride-on is a fun and un-stressful way for younger patients to travel from a ward to an operation.
It is a smaller version of the Tesla Model S. It is designed for children aged 3-8-years-old and recreates the feel of a real Tesla with a rechargeable lithium ion battery, headlights, MP3 sound system and a horn.
It was donated by the UK branch of the Tesla Owners’ Group after Poole Hospital Charity requested one for the unit. It was delivered to the hospital by Tony Wootton, one of the group’s members, and his children, Faye and Joseph, on 4 February.
Sophia Coleman was the first patient to get behind the wheel after it arrived. “Driving it was so much fun,” said five-year-old Sophia, who was admitted to the children’s ward with a respiratory complaint. Children’s Unit Tesla ride-on
“I really liked turning on the lights and reversing was fun too.
“My brother Lucas is going to be so jealous when he finds out!”
Sally Smith, a staff nurse on the children’s day ward, was very positive about its benefits. “The car is going to be a really great way of decreasing any anxiety younger patients may have on their way to an operation,” said Sally.
“It makes the journey exciting for the children and takes their mind off the fact that they’re in hospital.”
The vehicle is one of a range of ways that the children’s unit is made less daunting for children, such as a playroom with books and toys and bright and colourful wall artwork.