Tuesday, April 29, 2008


Kinderstad, or “children’s town”, is situated on the roof of the Medical Centre of Amsterdam Free University (VU Amsterdam), and is intended to provide a place where children between 4 and 18 years old being treated in the medical centre can meet with family and relax outside of the hospital environment.

The goal of “Kinderstad” is to extract the sick child, its family and friends from the unpleasant surrounding of a hospital and to enable an encounter in a much better atmosphere. This new specialised type of health care for sick children gives the visitors the chance to forget for a moment that the child is sick and to facilitate the normal development of the young patients (between 4 and 18 years old) despite the treatments; it has a positive influence on the patients’ recovery. “Kinderstad” is attached to the children’s ward on the 9th floor in the eastern wing of the Medical Centre of Amsterdam Free University (VU Amsterdam).

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