New Waikids ward gets big thumbs up

Tilt-away beds, bigger rooms a hit with parents

Last updated 13:59 10/07/2014
Waikids ward
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TICK OF APPROVAL: 22-month old Charlie Wells' heart is checked by nurse Jade Longmore under the watchful eye of his mother Marie Wells in the refurbished Waikato Hospital's Waikids ward.

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When young ones are unwell, the last place parents feel at home is in a hospital.

However, the refurbishment of Waikato Hospital's Waikids ward has opened with the vision to ease all anxieties.

As sick children and their parents leave the elevator they are led along a path of dancing jandals and gumboots towards the ward's reception area, where nurses wait in a specially designed consultation room.

Last month, Hamilton toddler Levi Clark, 2, was one of the first to test the new facilities.

Levi was transferred from the old Waikato Hospital's Ward 53 up 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 and his anxious mum Marika were impressed with the new facilities.

Marika who had been staying in hospital with her son said the ward was 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 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.

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

Charge nurse manager Betsy Smith described their new space as child focused. "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 happy with the new space, but it was quite a mission to move as it was our busiest time." 

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