In 2002, Hadassah pioneered medical clowning in Israel by bringing three clowns into Hadassah. The "Dream Doctors" Organisation have now developed this technique over the last 15 years into a full para-medical practice integrated within hospital paediatric medical teams.
Dream Doctors Medical Clowns are now trained professionals. They are seen as therapists rather than performers and are directed by doctors and nurses who have created new methods within their everyday medical toolbox utilising the "Dream Doctors" Medical Clowns.
Hadassah's clowns channel the healing power of humour, bringing laughter to sick children, easing their fear, relaxing them and transforming their hospital experience.
They remind young patients that they are more than just their illness and give sick children a sense of control.
Your individual donations fund their time at £36 per hour.
A child cries and refuses an injection, another cannot be calmed before their operation, a third will not eat or raise their arm for their physiotherapy treatment.
Medical Clowns achieve results at times when doctors and nurses cannot.
New research shows that Medical Clowns not only assist with patients but contribute to a reduction in the level of stress within the hospital setting. They have been proven to increase efficiency levels because they allow staff to manage procedures quickly and smoothly.
Laughter, like exercise, can reduce stress, improve tolerance to pain, and alter bodily functions such as blood pressure, heart rate, muscle activity, and stomach acidity. It triggers the release of endorphins and serotonin that create feelings of happiness.
Hadassah is now extending the use of their Dream Doctors Medical Clowns into other areas. E.G. as an integral part of Paediatric Surgical Teams, enabling a reduction in time to administer anaesthetics, lowering stress, with faster operating times resulting in cost savings, and an improved patient experience.