A Little Deep Sleep aims to ease anxieties children may have about anaesthetics, giving them a clear idea about what might happen during a family's hospital visit. It takes the viewer on an authentic journey from entering hospital to going home, including undergoing anaesthetic and waking up after surgery.
The film was made using interviews with children visiting the hospital, who explain what it is like in their own words. They talk about when they can eat, who will be with them, what it feels like to go under anaesthetic and who will be there when they wake up. The film uses recorded audio of the atmosphere, machines and staff at the hospital to help ensure that it provides an authentic idea of the process.
Anthony Bradley, Paediatric Anaesthetic Consultant at BRHC said: "Patients and Parents have regularly and reliably told us how useful they have found the film. It seems to have picked up on their concerns and gives them assurance that their children are in safe hands. It has been made in a way that means that their children not only watch it, but chose to watch it again and again."
'A Little Deep Sleep' was a collaboration between anaesthetists and ForMed Films CIC, it was funded by the Grand Appeal charity for Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.
The film is now available for other trusts to embed on their site. Half of the fee is donated to The Grand Appeal charity.