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Emilia becomes first young patient to tour Manchester labs as part of Harvey’s Gang scheme

The laboratories at our Oxford Road campus have welcomed their first member of Harvey's Gang.

Eight-year-old Emilia Narayn-Nicholas, along with her parents Steve and Eve and brother Billy, spent some time seeing first-hand what goes on in the labs and learning what happens when she has a blood sample sent for testing.

Harvey's Gang

Harvey's Gang was launched in 2014 by Chief Biomedical Scientist Malcolm Robinson at West Sussex NHS Trust after a visit by a boy called Harvey to his Blood Transfusion Laboratory.

The scheme offers tours of laboratories to children who are unwell and their parents to help them understand their condition and have the opportunity to ask questions about where their sample goes and how it is tested.

Over the past few months Laboratory Medicine has been working with Malcolm Robinson, Ward 84 and the play specialists at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital to develop a programme that would allow patients to visit the labs.

As the first MFT member of the gang, Emilia was given a personal tour by Senior Biomedical Scientist Lizel Beswick and was given her own lab coat to take away, along with a pen and notepad which she used throughout her tour.

The aim of the tours is to allow the patients to understand where their blood goes to when it is tested, why it often needs to be done so many times, and how it would help the hospital staff to decide what they needed as part of their treatment.

For more information on Harvey's Gang at MFT, contact rebecca.whitehouse@mft.nhs.uk