THE Children’s Ward at Logan Hospital will be transformed into a colourful retreat for sick kids and teens.
The Liberal National Government on Thursday announced it will spend $50,000 to brighten up the children’s playroom, teenager’s retreat and procedure room.
Each room will be transformed into bright welcoming areas complete with a colourful mural, iPads, play equipment, games and consoles, a new TV and an interactive floor and sensory wall.
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Minister for Health Greg Hunt said it is hoped the two age appropriate sanctuaries will help relieve some of the trauma of treatment on the children.
Mr Hunt said young patients who are less stressed are likely to heal faster, resulting in a shorter stay in hospital.
“A lengthy hospital stay for children can be extremely stressful, so it’s important to ensure that the environment in which they spend so much time is the best it can be,” Minister Hunt said.
Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen said the makeover of the children’s ward aimed to reduce anxiety, and promote wellbeing among younger patients.
“Logan Hospital and the volunteers at Radio Lollipop have worked hard to see a brighter and more welcoming children’s ward,” Mr van-Manen said.
“Logan Hospital is a major health centre for one of the fastest growing regions. The emergency department alone sees almost 90,000 people a year and do a tremendous job providing care to the community.”
The inpatient children’s ward services at Logan Hospital see more than 3,000 families a year.
“The makeover means a lot to these families, providing them with a welcoming space to help children and their parents in a time of stress, and importantly provide children and teenagers with a place of their own,” Mr van-Manen said.