Star­ship’s mo­bile clin­ics help kids hear

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

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