Hervey Bay RSL's Captain America and Iron Man with Memphis Norrie at the official opening of Hervey Bay Hospital's revamped pediatrics ward.
Hervey Bay RSL's Captain America and Iron Man with Memphis Norrie at the official opening of Hervey Bay Hospital's revamped pediatrics ward. Contributed

Pediatrics ward officially reopens after $68,000 refit

EACH bed in Hervey Bay Hospital's new-look pediatrics ward has access to a PS3 player after a $68,000 refit.

The ward was officially opened yesterday and includes an expanded outdoor playing area and educational tools to help sick kids recover faster.

Nurse unit manager paediatrics Di Johnson said research had shown that a bright, happy environment and the capacity to express feelings through play was important in a child's recovery from illness and could reduce the length of time they were hospitalised.

"With this in mind, the paediatric unit at Hervey Bay encouraged the community to support an endeavour to create a fun, bright space for the children by refitting our current unit," she said.

In 2013, with the support of Sea FM radio station, the Hervey Bay community raised $68,000 towards the refurbishment of the paediatric unit.

At the end of 2013, a new paediatric play area was established and in 2014, storage and office space was added and the unit grew from eight to 10 beds.

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Board chairman Dominic Devine said it was a proud moment for the Fraser Coast community.

"Sick children are among the most vulnerable members of our community," he said.

"To see local people raise this money and partner with the health service to provide the best for our kids is fantastic."



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