Hospitals can be scary, particularly for youngsters. We strive to create a child-friendly environment and to treat our young patients in a special manner to make their stay with us as comfortable and non-stressful as possible. From kid-friendly room décor to video games to play while in bed to flexible meal options, we strive to make our children feel at home during those traumatic times when they really would rather be home.
We offer all inpatient children a private room with built-in sleeping accommodations for Mom and Dad as well as room service with a special children's menu. We also offer a variety of fun and relaxing diversions – such as backpacks filled with age-appropriate toys and games and use of a wide variety of video games and DVDs – to help children temporarily forget about their illnesses and treatment. Our Pediatric Services department also offers a variety of kid-approved CD-ROM computer games, creative art expression, and children’s TV stations, such as Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Animal Planet, and TV Land. This kid-friendly theme is present in the pediatric emergency rooms, which have large wall murals of a rainforest and seascape. Even X-ray machines – decorated to look like a giraffe - are designed to entertain.
Recognizing that treating young patients is more involved than just modifying the room décor, staff training is a major component of our VIPeds program. Our pediatric staff receives ongoing training on topics such as medication dosing, pediatric safety devices, pediatric IV placement and care, age-based care, and triaging pediatric patients.
Our Pediatric Services VIPeds program allows Fauquier Hospital to provide the same compassionate, high- quality, personalized care our Virginia community has grown to expect, but in a child-friendly atmosphere. Our goal is to encourage awareness of the unique needs of pediatric patients so that we can provide a reassuring environment that will promote healing.