Chil­dren’s play area set up in ED

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A new chil­dren’s space has opened in the emer­gency depart­ment at Welling­ton Hos­pi­tal.

As the emer­gency depart­ment grew busier, the hos­pi­tal had recog­nised the need for a sep­a­rate area for chil­dren to play away from the busy wait­ing room.

While the emer­gency depart­ment had al­ways had a chil­dren’s play area, it was pre­vi­ously not sep­a­rated from the main wait­ing area.

‘‘The main wait­ing area can be­come ex­tremely busy and crowded, and was shared by adults and chil­dren,’’ Storey said.

‘‘The new chil­dren’s wait­ing area pro­vides a more com­fort­able space where chil­dren can play or watch DVDs, free from the sights and sounds they shouldn’t be ex­posed to.’’

The new chil­dren’s area was opened on April 18 and funded with do­na­tions from Welling­ton Hos­pi­tals Foun­da­tion sup­port.

It cost about $114,000 to fit out the sec­tion in the ex­ist­ing emer­gency depart­ment.

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