Young patients using electric cars to drive themselves to surgery

London based St George’s Hospital Charity is the latest to help children tackle the stress of going to surgery by letting them drive there in a mini electric car.

Joe Lepper | 3rd Sep 19

Children in hospital are being given electric cars to drive themselves around hospital and reduce the stress of going into surgery.

The latest hospital charity to do this is St George’s Hospital Charity, which supports patients and their families attending the Tooting, London, based hospital.

It has been handed a specially designed Tesla electric car by the Tesla Owners UK group, which will enable young people to drive themselves to the hospital’s operating theatre to ensure going to surgery is less stressful for them. The cars are seen as a fun alternative to wheelchairs.

The charity has taken to social media to promote the initiative and express its gratitute for the children’s car.

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Charity hospital link ups

St George’s is the latest hospital to use electric cars to help young patients. Last year The Tesla Owners UK group partnered with the Christian Blandford Fund to buy the mini Tesla cars for those in childrens’s hospitals and hospices.

Leicester Royal Children’s Hospital first started using a fleet of electric cars for children in 2018, following a donation by Volvo retailer, Sturgess Motor Group.

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Other recent tech initiatives carried out by hospital charities include a link up between e-commerce firm Wowcher and Bristol Children’s Hospital charity The Grand Appeal. During summer 2% of sales were donated to the charity.