Hospital offers child-friendly healthcare

A group of pre-schoolers have seen first-hand that going to hospital can be a child-friendly experience.
The children from Goodstart Child Care Centre at Warragul visited West Gippsland Hospital (WGHG) this week and were taken through the admission process including handwashing, weighing themselves and preparing for theatre.

WGHG Project Manager Child Safety, Leanne Coupland, said some of the children would be returning to the hospital for treatment in the future and the tour was a great way for children and their parents to familiarise themselves with the hospital and allay their fears.

“The children dressed up in theatre gowns, face masks, hair nets and shoe covers to simulate preparation for surgery. They were then given a tour of the Theatre and Paediatrics units and enjoyed a story in the Children’s playroom.”

During their visit, the youngsters made a donation of toys, games and puzzles to the playroom collected from families at the Childcare Centre.

Ms Coupland said the tour was a great way for West Gippsland Healthcare Group to promote and celebrate National Childcare Protection Week which runs from Sept 3 – 9.

“WGHG is working towards accreditation as a child safe organisation and will be offering opportunities for schools and youth groups to engage with the organisation, in particular regarding consultation about children’s services and ensuring children’s safety and wellbeing in healthcare. “

The enduring message of National Child Protection Week is that ‘Protecting children is everyone’s business’ and urges all Australians to ‘Play Your Part’.

For more information on WGHG’s Child Safety initiatives and school visits contact with Leanne Coupland, Project Manager Child Safety, on 5624 3500 or