POLICE have been called in to track down a ‘cold hearted’ hospital visitor who stole a computer games console from sick children.
The father of a patient on the children’s ward at Doncaster Royal Infirmary is so disgusted he has offered to replace the £200 Nintendo Wii at his own expense.
Security staff at DRI have been unable to trace the culprit because there is no CCTV on the ward, so Doncaster police have been asked to investigate the case.
The games console had been donated to the hospital to entertain youngsters recovering from serious illnesses.
Some of the children have been questioned in case they saw anything suspicious - but there is no suggestion one of them stole the equipment.
Edenthorpe dad Jim Whitfield, who was visiting his 11-year-old daughter, Dena-Jo, said he was shocked when she told him what had happened.
Dena-Jo has been a patient since last Thursday, receiving treatment for whooping cough.
“I was told that not half an hour before I arrived, a nurse had thought that with quite a few children on the hospital ward, they would get the Wii out for them to play on, and maybe forget for a while that they are poorly and are in hospital,” he said.
“To my dismay I was then told that someone visiting on the ward had stolen the Wii.
“How can anyone be as cold hearted as to deprive children of some fun while being ill? You don’t expect someone visiting hospital to be so unscrupulous.
“Dena-Jo didn’t get a chance to play on it, and luckily she’s got one at home, but she wasn’t happy about it.”
Jim’s firm, The Roof Doctor, has offered to buy a new Wii for the children’s ward ‘so children again can have a few minutes playing and forget their illnesses’.
The hospital said it was a ‘lovely’ gesture on Mr Whitfield’s part and have asked for help from the public in tracing the thief.
The game was donated by a theatre company whose members visit the ward to perform for patients.
Andrea Bliss, Matron for Children’s Services at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are really sad that a Nintendo Wii worth £200 was taken from Doncaster Royal Infirmary’s Children’s Ward.
“The Wii was very popular and really helped to reduce the anxiety children feel when they come into hospital.”
Anyone with information about the theft, believed to have taken place on Monday afternoon, is asked to contact Sister Julie Jackson on the Children’s Ward direct on 01302 553 103.
A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “We can confirm this has been reported to us and we are investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting incident number 549 of April 17.”