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Children at Orkney hospital given mini Tesla to drive themselves to appointments

Nenyasha in the new Tesla, with NHS Orkney staff Linzi Mowatt, Laura Muir and Michael Dickson.

Children at an Orkney hospital have started cruising through the corridors in style, after a mini Tesla was donated to the facility by a car owners club.

Balfour Hospital in Kirkwall recently became the latest in the country to be gifted a tiny vehicle by Tesla Owners UK for use by its youngest patients.

It is hoped kids will use the car to get to theatre and other medical appointments – helping to ease their fears or apprehension at a very anxious time.

The owner’s club started up the scheme more than three years ago, when billionaire chief executive Elon Musk offered support over Twitter.

Since then, more than 100 of the miniature Teslas have been delivered to hospitals around the UK, including places in Liverpool, Birmingham and London.

A young patient named Nenyasha was the first to take the mini Tesla car for a spin around the Balfour Hospital in Orkney.

A post on the NHS Orkney Facebook page said: “Nenyasha kindly volunteered to be our test driver and make sure everything worked for us and we think you can tell by the smile that he was having a great time!”

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