Mozzie squad creates buzz at Ipswich Hospital

Sick kids in Ipswich Hospital Children’s Sunshine Ward were treated to a roaring visit by the Brisbane Lions “mozzie squad” of Dayne Zorko, Josh Green and Lewis Taylor on Friday.

The players were keen to meet the kids who don’t have the opportunity to attend games because of their illness.

Ipswich Hospital Children’s Sunshine Ward Nurse Unit Manager Marlene Keen said the ward treated morethan 2,000 patients each year with an average stay of 1.5 days.

“Staying in hospital can be difficult for anyone, let alone a child,” Ms Keen said.

“We focus on making their hospital stay as comfortable as possible and it’s always nice to have the support of the community to make the experience that little bit better.

“Last year Ipswich Hospital Foundation received 77 requests from members of the community to donate goods or volunteer services to our kids in the Children’s Sunshine Ward, as well as 25 walk-through visits.”

The visit follows the recent completion of refurbishment works in the Ward, floor and ceiling replacements, an improved nurse call system and a fresh coat of paint.

“The changes have improved the functionality of the Ward and created a friendlier environment for children during their stay,” Ms Keen said.

“The refurbishment also facilitated the move of the Paediatric Clinic to within the Children’s Ward, resulting in one point of service and an enhanced model of care.”

Children’s Clinics are offered Monday to Friday from 1 – 4pm. A doctor referral is required. For more information phone Ipswich Hospital on (07) 3810 1111.

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