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To break the isolation feeling of hospitalized children, the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Toulouse has launched the channel "TAM-TAM TV". Designed by and for young patients under the age of 15, the new youth channel is also intended for their families. The newscast allows newcomers to experience life in the hospital. Newcomers can also deliver news that will be presented on the channel during their stay.
TAM-TAM TV in the hospital
The charter emphasizes the following philosophy: Every child in the hospital must feel that the "TV TAM-TAM" channel programs have been designed specifically for them and that they can play an active part, if they wish, in producing them. The television programming will aim to promote dreams, escape, change of scenery and will avoid speaking about the subject of health or disease. With this living tool producing infinitely renewable content, the Children's Hospital gives a voice to its young patients, by offering them a new medium for dialogue and expression in order to keep them from feeling isolated. "
Tam-Tam TV is a creative use of television to support hospitalized children.
For children with chronic conditions and who are regularly called upon for hospital stays, this channel will be seen as a friendly gesture. So that being hospitalized no longer becomes synonymous with loneliness and boredom, so that hospitalized children can communicate among themselves, have fun and learn in a playful manner about daily life in their hospital. The Children's Hospital staff have undertaken this project for four years.
The concept of television for hospitalized children could be implemented in hospitals that have the financial ressources.