A mini Tesla car has been donated to St George’s so children can ‘drive’ themselves to theatre.

The electrically powered car – a Tesla Model S Radio – will make our younger patients’ stays more fun and will help ease their anxiety.

The Tesla Owners Club UK and the Christian Blandford Fund, a charity which helps children facing long stays in NHS hospitals, generously donated the car to the Trust for children aged 3 – 8 years.

Amerjit Chohan, Chief Executive of St George’s Hospital Charity, said: “We are extremely grateful to the Tesla Owners Club UK for helping to make a difference to the hospital experience for some of St George’s youngest patients.”

The car will be used primarily by children going to paediatric surgery to make the experience of undergoing surgery less daunting.

It even has space in the bonnet for patient notes, or a toy – such as a teddy bear.

Tesla Owners Club UK representative, Shreeraj Laturia, said: “We are delighted to be able to support St George’s and other children’s departments across the country with the gift of a mini Tesla, helping to make children’s stays in hospital that little bit better”.

Following the arrival of the Tesla last week, it was taken for a test drive by our keen young patients.

Paediatric Consultant Dr Sukesh Mohta, said: “I am grateful to Shree and the Tesla Owners Club UK for the amazing gift of the mini Tesla for our children at St George’s. It’s been a great pleasure for me in facilitating this. The joy children got by using the mini Tesla fits with the philosophy of St George’s – kind and excellent care every time.”

We posted a short video clip on Twitter of a few of our patients test driving the new Tesla, which has been viewed by nearly 11,000 people and liked over 420 times and counting!

A special thank you to Dr Mohta, Susan Affleck and the children’s team for helping to make this gift possible.