It’s not much fun lying in a hospital bed, especially for children - Dr Bananas or Dr Wonderpants do their rounds.
Clowns, magicians, singers and comedians are working the wards as ‘giggle doctors’ after intensive training to entertain a young audience.
And one seasoned performer, who goes under the name of Dr Doolally, is coming to Bedford to raise money for the charity which runs the scheme, the Theodora Children’s Trust.
Nina Conti is best known for her adult ventriloquist act with her puppet Monkey, which she is bringing to The Place Theatre, Bedford, next Thursday.
The night will be hosted by Dr Fab, aka Bedford-based singer Kristine Hughes.
The Theodora Trust said giggle doctors are “specialist entertainers, highly trained to work both in the medical environment and with children with disabilities”.
Cheering up wards across the UK, they aim to bring magical moments to young patients of all ages. They visit accident and emergency departments, outpatient departments, day clinics and wards, providing respite and comfort to those who need it.
Giggle doctors also visit hospices and specialist care centres.
Nina Conti’s Comedy Gala starts at 7pm. Tickets cost £12, or £10 for concessions. For more information go to www.theplacebedford.org.uk