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Countdown donations make a big difference for Waikato kids

Time to play with toys: L-R: Cheryl Read, Ruth Krippner from Countdown; Michelle Evans, associate clinical nurse manager; Carolyn Houghton, registered nurse from ENT (Ear Nose Throat) Outpatient Clinic.

Nursing staff with Countdown representative Cheryl Read with sleep monitor for patients to take home. L-R Carolyn Houghton, RN; Cheryl Read, Michelle Evans ACNM.

Nursing staff with Countdown representative Cheryl Read with a sleep monitor for patients to take home. L-R Carolyn Houghton, Cheryl Read, Michelle Evans.

The Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal continues to be very generous in its support to the children’s services of Waikato District Health Board. In 2014 more than $110,000 was raised through Countdown’s customer donations and staff events.

All of the money is channeled into a wish list” of items.

Recently Ruth Krippner and Cheryl Read from Countdown called in to see the end result of the donations – products our wards and services can use to make a positive difference to the care and experience of children in our hospitals and their families.

They visited several areas where purchased items from the ‘wish list” have already arrived, including pulse oximeters for monitoring babies following delivery where interventions were necessary, distraction play kits and overnight oximetry for children in outpatient clinics and wards.

Karina McFarlane (left) and Kayla Allen with the new Kay picture card set bought for Taumarunui Hospital.

Karina McFarlane (left) and Kayla Allen with the new Kay picture card set bought for Taumarunui Hospital.

Ruth and Cheryl from Countdown also visiting the new playroom which is managed by the hospital play specialists where a multi-sensory room, funded by the Countdown appeal, will be housed.

“We really appreciate the ongoing commitment of the Countdown team and their customers,” said Lorraine Reid, unit manager Waikids Child Health.  “The appeal has made such a positive difference to the patient journey for a great many Waikato children and their families.”

Taumarunui Hospital also sent photos of some items received there from their “wish list” – including Kay picture cards for vision checks and a Welch Allyn wall mounted diagnostic set used for assessing children’s ears and eyes.

The money raised by Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal goes to Waikato Health Trust, which is Waikato DHB’s charitable trust.

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