Starship’s mobile clinics help kids hear
You can’t miss the loud designs on Starship’s new set of wheels.
Starship Hospital’s two new mobile ear clinics are hitting the road thanks to a donation from sponsor ASB.
The designs covering the outside of the fully-equipped vans are a collaboration between Glen Innes Primary School students and artist Sam Mathers.
A team of five nurses will staff the clinics, visiting early-childhood centres and primary schools across Auckland to monitor, treat and help prevent childhood ear disease.
About 3100 children are seen in Starship’s mobile ear clinics each year.
The new vans will allow more Starship staff to get into the community and reduce the rate of hospital visits, Starship ear nurse Kahn Bury says.
‘‘More than 25 per cent of Auckland school children experience ear health issues which can have a devastating impact on cognitive and social development.’’
The vans have been named Bubble and Squeak following an ASB Facebook campaign.