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Children's hospital launches audio tour

Families with children preparing for treatment at the Evelina Children's Hospital can now familiarise themselves with the building in advance thanks to a new audio tour.

Alastair Gourlay, project manager for the Evelina Children's Hospital, along with Hopkins Architects' directors Pamela Bates and Andy Barnett, take listeners on an access all areas 20 minute tour around the wards and
clinics. The Evelina audio tour can be downloaded free to computers, iPods and MP3 players.
"The new Evelina Children's Hospital is a supremely practical, state-of-the-art hospital, but one that is full of imagination, warmth and fun." says Alastair Gourlay. "It redefines the concept of a children's hospital and is influencing the building of new hospitals in Britain and across the world."

Anne Robson, Patient Information Manager for Guy's and St Thomas', added: "We think this is the first time a UK hospital has used a podcast. Not only
does this new technology allow us to show off the Evelina Children's Hospital, it also means that families who are due to come to the hospital can hear what it's like before they arrive. Hopefully this will make what can be a very intimidating experience a little easier."

Alhough the hospital is touting this as a 'podcast', it doesn't fit the generally accepted definition of a podcast which is a series of episodes available via an RSS feed for automatic synchronisation to a personal player.

The Evelina Children's Hospital tour has been developed in association
with World Architecture News.

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