Why child's play has been essential in hospitals for 50 years
Nurses at Bath's Royal United Hospital stepped back in time this week to celebrate 50 years of play in the NHS.
Play specialists on the children's ward dressed up in period uniforms to mark the milestone anniversary.
The first play volunteers were known as Lady Greens by the children, due to the colour of their uniforms.
Today they wear purple polo shirts and trousers, which is more practical for their role in ensuring that play has a place and a purpose in a child's health.
Young patients celebrated Play in Hospitals Week with the character Dr Betty Ding Dong, known as the giggle doctor.
Play specialist Lyn Gardiner said: "Our aim is to use play to welcome children to hospital and prepare them to cope with surgery or other procedures."
Among the nursing staff taking part was Janey Washington-Jones, of Camerton.