Heard about the new mo­bile ear clinic?

Central Leader - - News - By Scott Morgan

Auck­land kids are in for a treat next time they get their ears tested, in­clud­ing eight-year-old Ben­jamin Cullen.

A new mo­bile clinic hit the road this week thanks to the Stars Sup­port­ers Club, which al­lows Mer­cury En­ergy cus­tomers to do­nate di­rectly to Star­ship.

The jun­gle-themed van is in ad­di­tion to Star­ship’s two vans and ser­vices at the Green­lane Clin­i­cal Cen­tre.

Ben­jamin will make good use of the $165,000 van.

The Mt Al­bert boy had his ton­sils and ade­noids re­moved four years ago to im­prove his hear­ing.

He also had grom­mets in­serted to widen his ear canals.

Mum Robyn Cullen says Ben can use the clinic for check-ups.

Ear nurse Sarah Wil­liams says: “We’ll have more op­por­tu­ni­ties like bas­ing our­selves at com­mu­nity cen­tres and visit­ing more schools. It also gives more op­tions to par­ents who are work­ing.”

The new van has a screen that can be used to ed­u­cate med­i­cal stu­dents and show the chil­dren the inside of their ear canal.

Mer­cury En­ergy re­tail op­er­a­tions man­ager Richard De Luca says they are thrilled their cus­tomers were able to fund the pur­chase.


Climb aboard: Ear nurse Sarah Wil­liams and pa­tient Ben­jamin Cullen check out Star­ship’s new ear clinic.

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