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iPads a nice distraction for paediatric patients

We have just funded a delivery of iPads to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital’s Paediatric outpatient unit to aid with distraction therapy for kids at the clinic.

The iPads were funded by Wishlist as part of a Project Funding Round, and will be immensely beneficial to patients in the paediatric units.

Holley Mathews enjoys one of the newly funded iPads

Children waiting for procedural sedation, with a behavioural diagnosis or undergoing chemotherapy treatment will now have a much needed and much deserved distraction.

Clinical Nurse of the Unit, Sue Maclean, said the iPads will be a welcomed distraction for both paediatric patients and their parents.

“Children with a behavioural diagnosis who come to the clinic can use the iPads for game play – allowing doctors to plan, assess and have important discussions with mum and dad.

“The iPads can also be used as a diversion tool for children waiting procedural sedation and feeling anxious, as well as children undergoing chemotherapy treatments.

“If these kids can have a presence in the game they’re playing on the iPads, they’re not as focused on the invasive procedures they need to have. It’s a nice distraction for them”, said Ms Maclean.