Children and parents and Shoalhaven Hospital will soon have more privacy and higher level of comfort thanks to State Government funding.
The hospital received a $250,000 grant, which will be used to enhance the existing playroom and outdoor area, make the Special Care Nursery a supportive environment for parents and newborns and improve parent’s access to facilities in the integrated Paediatric Unit.
Head of paediatrics Dr Mark De Souza said the upgrade would give the area a more homely feel.
“The clinical care is the important part of the hospital but this money will reduce the impact of what can otherwise be a harsh and cold environment,” he said.
“What we would like to have is the high level clinical care in an environment that is much more like home.”
South Coast MP Shelley Hancock said the funding will be used to make a hospital stay for children and their families a little less stressful.
“We know that a hospital environment plays an important role in the wellbeing of children and their families,” Mrs Hancock said.
“It’s also great for our clinical staff to share in planning for these new enhancements and working in an improved environment to deliver the very best healthcare to their young patients,” Mrs Hancock said.
Kiama MP Gareth Ward said the upgrades would provide a few extra smiles for children and families doing it tough.
“We want to support families, especially in times of need and we hope this investment will help brighten the days of sick children and their families,” he said.
“Having children in hospital is a stressful time for families, and we want to make sure Shoalhaven Hospital is warm and welcoming at this time, while delivering the care that a sick child needs.”