Elijah and Elleana Gonzalez were impressed with the new paediatric room at the Friendlies hospital.
Elijah and Elleana Gonzalez were impressed with the new paediatric room at the Friendlies hospital. Scottie Simmonds

Hospital makes surgery friendly

HAVING surgery is no longer scary for some of the Friendly Society Private Hospital's smallest patients.

The hospital has gone to great lengths to set up a special waiting room, equipped with toys, books and colourful posters, which aim to keep youngsters busy while they wait.

The creation of the waiting room has coincided with the arrival of a new microscope which allows ear, nose and throat specialist Herman Basson to operate on children as young as 12 months.

"It's a great microscope and I'm feeling privileged to be able to use it," he said.

"It makes me enjoy my middle ear surgery."

The waiting room was created by peri-operative services manager Jo Peterson.

"I won $1000 through a radio program for a 'worthy cause', which I used to buy the toys," she said.

The walls were decorated with the help of Reading Cinemas and Sanity, which provided the posters for the walls.

"They have the trikes and scooters, which they can ride into surgery on," Ms Peterson said.

"Or they can walk into surgery if they want - it's really up to them."

She said the waiting room was important to help the young patients relax.

"They really love it," she said.



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