A key aim for these works was to demystify the process of taking x-ray images and explain to patients the science behind the process in workshops with the equipment. Staff and the public were involved in bringing interest objects and revealing their structure or content by using x-rays with a qualified radiographer. The children particularly enjoyed the workshop process, seeing science being brought alive and learning with their parents seemed a mutually beneficial and fun experience. 95% of participants from the workshops said they would be interested in using the Radiology equipment again and had enjoyed the opportunity.
From these sessions we were able to collect data from the groups about what they wanted in terms of information from leaflets and staff they may meet. It was good to collect this data on their concerns in order to develop effective communication, and to combat their fears as much as possible. It is important to create (wherever possible) positive experiences within the hospital environment to reduce stress for further visits if required.