Virtual reality used during cystic fibrosis treatment

Virtual reality headsets are being used to help people going through treatment for cystic fibrosis.

The first trial of its kind in the UK is being carried out at Llandough Hospital in Vale of Glamorgan.

Patients are immersed in a safari experience and can explore their surroundings as a distraction therapy.

Beth Clarke from Cardiff, who trialled it, said: “I was really pleasantly surprised. Any distraction from being in hospital is welcome.”

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited, life-long and life-threatening genetic disorder where the lungs and digestive system can become clogged with thick, sticky mucus.

It affects about 400 people in Wales and the trial at the Wales Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre aims to reduce pain levels and anxiety among sufferers.

Ms Clarke said: “It really does take you to somewhere else for a few minutes. A hospital stay is never going to be enjoyable, the staff here are brilliant, but who’s going to enjoy being in hospital? So it’s great to just get out and get taken to another place for just a short period of time.”

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