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Activity books will be given to children admitted to Nepean Hospital's emergency department. 

Activity books for kids help improve hospital stay

21 Feb 2018

 

A new partnership between the Rotary Club of Lower Blue Mountains and Nepean Hospital’s emergency department will see children admitted to the hospital given fun and educational activity packs to help combat fear and boredom during their hospital stay.

The packs, containing a colouring-in activity book, pencils and stickers, are an initiative of the Rotary Club of Lower Blue Mountains and have been created for children aged three to eleven. Each child will be given their own pack, on admission to the emergency department, to take with them on their hospital journey.

The Rotary Club of Lower Blue Mountains have delivered the project in partnership with Penrith Panthers Rugby League Club, who contributed over $15,000 towards funding the packs, and Rotarian and local business owner, Jim Aitken, who donated the colouring books valued at $10,000.

Rotarian Carolyn Fitzpatrick says the Club wanted to improve the hospital experience for children and families awaiting treatment or test results in the emergency department.

“You can just imagine a frustrated, tired, stressed parent with a bored, sick child in the emergency department. Our activity packs will give these children something to do,” says Mrs Fitzpatrick.

Mrs Fitzpatrick says 520 packs will be needed in the emergency department each month to meet the demand.

“Together with Penrith Panthers and Jim Aitken, we’ve been able to pool our collective resources and energies to give back. Panthers accepted Rotary’s grant proposal with open arms,” Mrs Fitzpatrick says.

Peter Graham, Penrith Panthers Director, says the Club considered the project to be a wonderful thing to be involved in.

Dr Claire Helm, Director of emergency medicine, says Rotary’s project will help Nepean Hospital to better meet the needs of paediatric patients and improve the hospital experience for children.

“The activity packs are just the start of what I hope is a wonderful working relationship with the emergency department,” says Mrs Fitzpatrick.

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The activity books are a hit with young children.