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Once the COVID-19 alarm state had finished, the Association resume its hospital clown project, financed by our Foundation, to help all the hospitalized children in Majorca.
At the beginning of July, doctor Atomo and nurse Aspirino resumed their face-to-face visits to all the patients admitted to the pediatric area of Son Espases University Hospital, to provide them support, distraction and release of tension in a hostile environment such as a hospital.
“Our intention never was to leave and I know that wasn’t what the health staff wanted either – says Marta Barrio, manager of the entity – but we were aware that the declaration of the alarm state raised a totally unexpected and unknown situation that needed the most caution and prudence“.
For this reason, after these three and a half months Sonrisa Médica has adapted a new protocol for the clowns to respect all the new COVID-19 prevention measures, which includes the use of a surgical mask during the whole journey, respecting the safety distance of 2 meters with the patients as well as the prohibition of the use of wind musical instruments.
The meeting between the clowns and the patients at Son Espases, Son Llàtzer and Inca and Manacor Hospitals has been one of the happiest moments after the pandemic for all the health workers, who are undoubtedly grateful for Medical Smile’s work, after such a difficult and distressing situation that they suffered at work.
This is one of the 36 social projects in Majorca that the Barceló Foundation has decided to support this 2020, giving it a subsidy of almost 10 thousand euros, thanks to which one day a week the clowns go to Son Espases Hospital to give psycho-social support to the patients admitted through games, music and magic.
From here we want to congratulate the entire team of Medical Smile for the fantastic work they do and for the effort made throughout the confinement with their “clowning capsules” published in their Youtube channel, to continue accompanying one of the groups that suffered most from the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic: hospitalized children.