NOONGAR Radio launches its new Hospital Hotline show at Fiona Stanley Hospital today, allowing patients to make song requests and listen to messages from their loved ones.
The show will be hosted by Mechelle Turvey, aka Big Girl, who said long hospital stays could be difficult and boring for patients.
The regular show can be heard weekly on Tuesday from 11am until noon on 100.9FM, and streamed via noongarradio.com
To get involved, text a song request or message to 0448 821 186 before or during the show.
South Metropolitan Health Service’s Aboriginal Health Strategy director Nola Naylor said the program would keep Aboriginal patients in touch with their communities and support their recovery.
“Being in hospital can be a daunting experience, especially if you’re away from family and friends,” she said.
“Aboriginal people have a strong spiritual connection with people and place, so listening to loved ones’ voices and a familiar song or two can help them stay connected, making a big difference to their health and wellbeing.”
FSH has conducted an average of 471 episodes of care to Aboriginal patients each month, for the financial year to date.
This includes patients who come to hospital more than once and those treated in multiple areas of the hospital during one hospital stay.