Heard about the new mobile ear clinic?
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.