Helping kids in hospital

Visitors: Run Ballarat ambassadors Tracie Kaye and Steve Moneghetti talk to Liam Dagon in the Ballarat Health Services’ children’s ward. PICTURE: LACHLAN BENCERUN Ballarat ambassadors Tracie Kaye and Steve Moneghetti saw first-hand what it was like to be inside the Ballarat Health Services’ children’s ward on Tuesday.

The pair toured the ward ahead of the October 19 fun run, where all proceeds will go the redevelopment of the children’s ward.

Darren Hutchinson, who has been in hospital too many times to count, including eight times this year, was one of the patients they visited.

The 14-year-old suffers from epilepsy and was spending the night in the children’s ward.

Two of his brothers have already signed up to Run Ballarat, and he hopes to participate on the day if he’s well enough.

Liam Dagan was in hospital for the second time, staying for a few nights with a bacteria infection. The ambassadors also spoke to him about what Run Ballarat aims to do for the hospital.

A brand new children’s ward will be built and fitted out to give children and their families the most welcoming environment possible during their time in hospital.

Construction is expected to start on the new area in 2016 and be ready in 2017.

The run will take place in less than two weeks, with options of a 12km and 6km run, a 6km walk, or a 1km run for children. The city’s main streets close for the event as joggers and walkers take over.

Paediatric and adolescent nurse unit manager Clinton Griffiths said with only four patients on Tuesday, it was a quiet day.

The children’s ward averages about 200 patients a month and will hold about 20 patients on a busy day, ranging from medical and surgical cases for infants to adolescents.

“We aim to be the centre of excellence for Victoria, we’re leading the country in some areas,” Mr Griffiths said.

“But right now we’re developing a strong plan so that our environment can match our excellence.”

He said they were talking to children and families to see what the ideal ward would be.

“We’re going to have an outdoor play space, lots of colour and single bedrooms.”

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