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Making a trip to theatre more fun and friendly for kids

Pictures of planes, monkeys, trees and even the famous SpongeBog SquarePants now adorn the walls of pre-operative and recovery spaces in theatres at Frankston Hospital, thanks to Clinical Nurse Specialist Alicia Campbell.

“The operating suite is a very overwhelming place and I wanted to make it more child friendly with bright colours and cartoons they can relate to,” explains the theatre nurse, who is also a Mum to two young kids herself.

“Having an operation causes a lot of mixed emotions for individuals. I wanted to try and reduce these anxious feelings with distractions on the walls to encourage a sense of calm for children coming to theatre.”

Alicia contacted local company Two Little Giggles, who donated the wall decals for the paediatric areas in the Frankston Hospital Surgical Services Suite.

“The boring white walls have been transformed with bright, fun and happy wall art, thanks to the generous donation from Two Little Giggles,” says Alicia.

“Every day we have people commenting on how nice it is to look at the feature walls.”

Our littlest patients all agree.

“It looks amazing,” says 6-year-old Ollie.

8-year-old Bridie liked “the bright colour animals” and 3-year-old Billie couldn’t go past the elephant.

Staff all agree with 5-year-old Ruby’s comment – “wow, it’s so pretty.”

Little initiatives like this is just one way our staff are providing world class care to the people of Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula, every day.

 

Jessica Mills
JMills@phcn.vic.gov.au