For questions including information about Child Life Services, please call the Paediatric Team directly at (807) 684-6514.
For general questions about the Health Sciences Centre, please call the Switchboard at (807) 684-6000.
Education and Awareness campaigns aimed at helping reduce the stigma of mental illness were made possible with a $10,000 grant from the Health Sciences Foundation. As well, Adult Mental Health has received some new electronics through a Volunteer Association/Health Sciences Foundation Family CARE grant. The flat screen TV, DVD/VCR player and Nintendo Wii are helping improve patients’ moods, lessen their anxiety and support their relaxation.
Staying as an inpatient at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre can be very stressful for anyone, but especially for children. Aside from whatever medical issue brought them to hospital, it can be traumatic just being away from their own home and bed. Children may experience fear, confusion, and unfamiliarity.
Child Life Services can help. With the support of a child life specialist, children can master these feelings through play, education, and support, and help them understand the reasons why they are here. The program also offers a number of distractions for the children including toys, games, video games, and DVDs to help pass the time and take their minds off things.
For more information, ask your nurse about how Child Life Services can help your child – and your family – have a more positive stay.