Celebrating 15 years of putting smiles on the faces of young patients at Armadale Health Service

Photo of Armadale Hospital and Radio Lollipop staff celebrating
September 15, 2017

Dedicated Radio Lollipop volunteers came together on Wednesday 13 September to celebrate 15 years of service at Armadale Health Service (AHS).

AHS Paediatrics Nurse Unit Manager Kate O’Reilly-Bradley said Radio Lollipop has been an invaluable source of support to the hospital over the years.

“When children are admitted to hospital, it’s often a stressful time for them and their families,” Kate said. “Radio Lollipop has played an integral role in making the hospital a much brighter and cheerful place to be in.”

AHS admits almost 100 patients a month up to the age of 16 to its paediatric ward. They provide specialist inpatient and outpatient paediatric services for children with medical conditions such as asthma, pneumonia and other chronic diseases that require ongoing care.

Radio Lollipop volunteers have been visiting the hospital every week to provide play and entertainment to these patients. Each week, volunteers read stories, blow bubbles, play games with the young patients and chat with parents to break up the long days in hospital.

Celebrations were held in the newly refurbished playroom in the paediatric ward of the hospital where a morning tea was enjoyed by volunteers, staff and patients to mark the occasion.

The refurbishment of the playroom was funded by Radio Lollipop to provide a bright and engaging space away from the hospital bed.

Radio Lollipop Director Jeanette Shorto said approximately $7,000 had been spent to repaint the playroom, including an enchanted mural that has enticed the young and young at heart.

“When we asked how we could help, it was clear that investing in the playroom was a small way to make a lasting difference for the patients, even when our volunteers are not on the ward,” Jeanette said.

“We’re looking forward to continuing our relationship with Radio Lollipop for years to come,” said Kate. “The work they do goes a long way to making our patients’ stay that bit more pleasant.”