Santa Claus brings smiles to kids at Fiona Stanley Hospital’s paediatric ward

Santa and Mrs Claus with Melville residents Flora, 5, and Molly Hoole. Picture Jon Hewson.
Santa and Mrs Claus with Melville residents Flora, 5, and Molly Hoole. Picture Jon Hewson.

SANTA Claus brought smiles to the faces of kids at Fiona Stanley Hospital’s Paediatric Ward yesterday.

The special visitor from the North Pole was joined by superheroes, clown doctors and a face painter.

Nurse Unit Manager Liz Harvey said the ward invited patients from the past year and their families for an afternoon of fun at its Christmas party.

“The day is for the kids. All the kids invited still believed in the magic of Christmas, some are under privileged and might not get the chance to celebrate Christmas at home,” she said.

“When a child is admitted to hospital it can be very scary for them and their family, we like to make this process less daunting by making their presentation a positive and trusting experience, by inviting them back to the ward for a fun event like Christmas.

“It is a pleasure and reward for the staff seeing the patient and their family return in a less stressful situation and fully recovered.”

The hospital’s paediatric ward treats children for a variety of medical issues ranging from respiratory illness, influenza, broken limbs, appendicitis, acute and planned surgeries, immunology as well as children with chronic illness such as cerebral palsy, bronchiectasis and seizures.