Children allowed to go behind the scenes at St John of God

Children allowed to go behind the scenes at St John of God

CHILDREN having surgery at St John of God Midland can now have a behind-the-scenes tour of the hospital.

Paediatric ward nurse manager Karen Robertson said the tours gave children and their parents a chance to visit the hospital, the patient rooms, meet staff and ask questions before surgery.

“Research shows familiarising the child and their family with their surroundings and explaining what will happen to them, reduces their stress and encourages a good recovery,” she said.

“At the end of the tour children receive a surgical doll, theatre hat and mask to play with and further familiarise themselves with their upcoming surgery.”

The tours include the playroom, kitchens, patient rooms and parent beds, introduction to theatres and equipment, and information such as visiting and meal times.

“We encourage a parent to stay with their child by offering free meals and a bed for the parent,” she said.

“To make their hospital stay more comfortable, we also invite children to bring familiar toys with them.

“We provide 24-hour care for all medical cases, including common childhood conditions such as asthma, bronchiolitis, pneumonia, gastroenteritis, sepsis, feeding problems, appendicitis and constipation.”

St John of God children’s ward has 2 beds for children aged up to 17. It also has playroom and relaxation areas, fold-out beds for parents and works with Princess Margaret Hospital to provide specialised care.