CHILDREN having treatment at a hospital can drive themselves to the operating theatre in a sit-in electric car.

The baby racer has been donated to the paediatric day surgery ward at Burnley General Hospital along with a fully-automated sit-in miniature vehicle.

Both cars have been liveried with the greeting ‘we wish you a speedy recovery’ and will be a fun way to transport children to theatre, who are often anxious.

Blackburn-based Bowker BMW donated the cars to East Lancashire Hospitals Trust.

Consultant anaesthetist Dr Ian Clegg said: “Creating the right environment for children is an important part of our care programme. Hospital can be an intimidating place for patients of any age, so to turn what can be a worrying journey from the ward to the operating theatre into something fun has a really positive effect on our young patients.

“We are especially excited to receive this kind toy donation from Bowker BMW. The sit-on cars will be enjoyed by many children.”

Bowker BMW has traditionally supported many organisations over the years who improve the lives of young people in Lancashire including: Broadfield Special school, Westholme School and Oakhill School.

Bowker BMW managing director Chris Eccles said: “I live in Burnley and so do many of our staff. Many have young families. This donation is a small gesture of appreciation. Thanks to the hospital staff for their hard work and dedication. And best wishes to families and patients currently receiving outstanding local care at Burnley General Hospital.”