News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Little Levi Moves to New Kids Waikids Medical Ward

Little Levi Moves to New Kids Waikids Medical Ward




From left: Mum Marika with patient Levi Clark and registered nurse Laarnie Tagalog in the newly refurbished Ward E5 Waikids Medical



Coming to Waikato Hospital was no adventure for Hamilton toddler Levi Clark but he did get to feel like a very special patient yesterday (11 June).

Levi, 2, was one of the first children to journey from Waikato Hospital’s Ward 53 and up a couple of floors to the freshly refurbished Ward E5 in the Elizabeth Rothwell Building.


The move brings Waikato child and youth services (Waikids) closer together in the one building.

Levi’s little adventure involved having his own special little wheelchair up to his room in the new ward.

The ward features bigger patient rooms with ensuites, tilt-away beds, remote control televisions, a kitchenette and bright animal pictures on the ward walls to give the ward a “kiwiana feel” just like the other Waikids wards.

Levi’s mum Marika who has been staying in the hospital with her son says the ward is much nicer and not so “90s”.

“It is so much better having a single room for privacy and so we don’t disturb others if Levi is upset during the night. He is able to relax and can concentrate better without others in the room.

“I really like the tilt-away bed that I can pull down at night to sleep on,” she said.

The ‘tilta-away bed’ was part of the extras for the ward fundraised by Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal. They have 19 tilta-away beds in the new ward.

Charge nurse manager Betsy Smith describes their new space as ‘just lovely’ and it is so much better to be able to offer families a child focused ward.

“It is cleaner and fresher. The colour scheme is much nicer. We have more single rooms, which is good for privacy and quiet, as well as for infection control.”

“Staff are very happy with the new space but it have been quite a mission to move as it is our busiest time and we are at full capacity.”

Betsy has been charge nurse manager for more than 12 years and feels a real sense of accomplishment.

“I didn’t realise how much work was involved in planning a new ward. Having project manager Lynnette Jones on board made the journey so much easier. She took over a lot of the organising.”

Check out our media releases on www.waikatodhb.health.nz/news or

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Scoop Review Of Books: Don’t Eat The Fish

On 'The Catch' by Michael Field What the ecologically edible lists don’t appear to take into account – and they should – is slavery... It’s not an easy read, but it’s definitely near the top of my listicle of “5 Political Books You Must Read This Year”. More>>

ALSO:

Caracals: Small Cats With Big Ears Arrive At Wellington Zoo

Visitors to Wellington Zoo will be able to see New Zealand’s first Caracals in the Zoo’s new Grassland Cats habitat, with a special visitor opening day on Saturday 27 September. More>>

Gordon Campbell: Classics - Tales From Moominvalley
Can’t speak for the reading end of it but the Moomins ( or maybe the story about Margaret Wise Brown) were the most enjoyable subject to think about and write about during these whole first 50 issues of Werewolf. For that reason – and because the Moomins always reward re-reading – I’ve decided to reprint it. The only added element is a link to an interesting hour long documentary about Tove Jansson. More>>

ALSO:

Repping In The Pacific: All Blacks And Manu Samoa To Play Historic Apia Test

The All Blacks will play Manu Samoa in Apia on Wednesday 8 July next year as part of both teams’ preparations for Rugby World Cup 2015. More>>

ALSO:

Monarchy: Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Are Expecting Second Child

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child. More>>

ALSO:

2015: Elton John Plans Wellington Show

After nine years, Elton John and his band will return to Westpac Stadium, Wellington for one spectacular concert! The November 21, 2015 concert will feature iconic hits and classic album tracks from throughout his incredible five-decade career... More>>

Book Awards: Jill Trevelyan's Story Of Peter McLeavey Is Book Of The Year

The story of Wellington art dealer Peter McLeavey and his gallery has won the prestigious New Zealand Post Book of the Year 2014 in a glittering ceremony in Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: King Richard

Simon Nathan reviews 'Richard Seddon, King of God’s Own': My father grew up in Wellington during Seddon’s premiership... I can recall him standing under the Seddon statue in the grounds of parliament and telling me that Seddon had more backbone than Sid Holland and all his cabinet colleagues put together.. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news