Teddy hospital comes to shopping centre in time for school holidays

This winter school holiday a teddy bear hospital will open at Australia Fair Shopping Centre for all to enjoy.

Starting from Monday, 9 July at 10am the teddy hospital will open its doors and invite children to bring their ‘sick’ or damaged teddy or doll, dress-up as either a doctor or nurse in scrubs, stethoscope and face mask – and nurse their ‘patients’ back to health.

Gold Coast Hospital Foundation mascot Betty Get Better will make an appearance at the family friendly activity, and there will also be a colouring-in competition with a small prize up for grabs.

Australia Fair Marketing Manager, Ms Louise Jurgs said this is a wonderful opportunity for children to feel less anxious about going to hospital and learn how the Foundation helps reduce medical hardship for local patients.

“We are delighted to host this unique event and help raise awareness and funds for this amazing charity who help support sick and injured child and adult patients suffering distress and hardship on the Gold Coast.”

The week-long activity ending on Friday, 13 July at 1pm is part of the Gold Coast Hospital Foundation’s ScrubUP September appeal, which provides a fun way for Gold Coasters to raise money to relieve medical hardship for local patients.

“Funds raised through ScrubUP September will help promote the Foundation’s vital work to help more than 95,000 local patients and families who experience illness, injury and disability each year,” Gold Coast Hospital Foundation CEO Kim Sutton said.

“The money will also keep life-saving programs running like the Foundation’s Cancer Patient Transport Service, medical equipment wish list and cutting-edge health research.”

Everyone can get involved in ScrubUP September including schools, businesses, community groups and individuals. Simply host a fundraising activity for a day, week or whole month. To receive a FREE ScrubUP September kit, sign-up online at scrubupseptember.com.au today.

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Dr urgently needs help to stop leading cause of childhood death

A Gold Coast paediatric doctor is appealing for the community to help his team prevent a leading cause of childhood mortality.

Dr Shane George, a Staff Specialist – Emergency Medicine and Paediatric Care at the Gold Coast University Hospital, is urging everyone to support recent research to help provide earlier diagnosis of sepsis (also known as septicaemia or blood positioning).

Across Australia and New Zealand more than 500 children are put on life support due to this infection every year. Sadly, despite optimal care 50 children die from sepsis every year. These are children who could be saved with improved diagnostic tests and treatment options. The World Health Organisation has recognised the urgent need for diagnosis and treatment for children with sepsis.

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Athletes’ hospital visit shares spirit of the Games

Young patients being treated at Gold Coast University Hospital recently had the rare opportunity to meet with Commonwealth Games athletes face-to-face.

Gold Coast Hospital Foundation mascot Betty Get Better was thrilled to show athletes around the children’s ward, and introduce them to patients.

Many patients and family members were excited to meet sporting greats from the Kookaburras, Hockeyroos and both the Australian Table Tennis and Boxing teams. This was especially because few people from the estimated 1.5 million spectators will have an opportunity to see athletes up-close.

“It was amazing, I have always wanted to be athletic but I never had the opportunity [to try]. There is [now] a [good] reason to get better,” teenager Charlotte Chatwood (pictured centre) said in a televised interview.

Another patient, Ethan Heley, was excited to meet sporting greats from the Kookaburras and Hockeyroos. His mother, Keltie, said the athletes’ visit could not have come at a better time for Ethan.

“I think this is something he will be able to treasure for the rest of his life, and especially being a challenging time for him,” Keltie Foster said in an interview.

Daniel Beale from the Kookaburras was very pleased to help relieve medical hardship for local patients.

“Whenever we get the opportunity to go in and possibly make a change in their day, we jump at the chance,” Beale said at a press conference.

Renee Taylor from the Hockeyroos was impressed by the 300-strong contingent of volunteers at the hospital.

“Even just speaking to the volunteers, everyone is saying Aussie, Aussie, Aussie,” Taylor said at a press conference.