Ronald McDonald Family Room approved for Southland Hospital

Press Release – Southern District Health Board

An onsite haven for families with sick children at Southland Hospital has been approved, in an exciting new partnership that will be of huge benefit to the local community.
15 December, 2011

Media Release
For Immediate Release
Ronald McDonald Family Room approved for Southland Hospital

New onsite haven to support families of children receiving treatment
An onsite haven for families with sick children at Southland Hospital has been approved, in an exciting new partnership that will be of huge benefit to the local community.

Southern District Health Board (Southern DHB) has given the green light for providing a Ronald McDonald Family Room inside the hospital grounds, which will be funded by the Ronald McDonald House South Island Trust (RMH South Island Trust).

Once established, Southern DHB and RMH South Island Trust will share some of the running costs.

The facility is designed so that parents can step away from the traditional hospital environment, and achieve some much-needed respite.

Featuring up to four overnight bedrooms, along with bathroom, living, kitchen and dining facilities, the Family Room will provide an area of rest and relaxation that is only moments away from their sick child’s bedside.

“We are absolutely thrilled about this new partnership with Southern District Health Board,” says RMH South Island Trust General Manager Emma Jones.

“Having a child in hospital is enormously draining and stressful – both physically and emotionally. The Ronald McDonald Family Room will allow parents to take a shower, grab some sleep, make a meal or simply take some time out away from the ward.

“This new facility will provide invaluable support to the local community. It will be situated only a short walk from the children’s ward, giving adults a place to gain strength and fully focus on their child’s recovery.”

Design and specifications of the facility are still to be confirmed.

Ronald McDonald Family Rooms are already established in Auckland’s Starship Hospital and Wellington Hospital. There are currently 173 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in 19 countries and regions worldwide.

RMH South Island Trust also operates Ronald McDonald House South Island, which provides free accommodation and support to families that need to travel to Christchurch for their child’s hospital treatment.

Since opening in 2003, the Trust has provided over 75,000 nights of accommodation to more than 4,000 families from all over New Zealand.

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