A SPECIAL delivery at the Tamworth hospital children’s ward will help put a smile on the faces of
Previously it was a box of toys or a parent that would get the job of distracting kids from painful procedures such as putting in IVs or changing dressings.
Now it’s game applications or “apps” such as Angry Birds, Monkey Lunchbox and Fruit Ninja, helping sick children through the tough times with the delivery of two iPads loaded with hundreds of fun games yesterday morning.
“The kids just love them, they make a huge difference when you can talk to parents uninterrupted,” Nursing Unit manager Terese Madden said.
With a host of interactive games and story features, the iPads are proving a hit with the kids and the parents.
“One of the paediatricians here brings his own to take out when he visits,” Mrs Madden said.
“I’d love to get one to take with me on my morning rounds.”
Five-year-old patient Garcia Bizant said the new games took his mind off being in hospital.
Diagnosed with pneumonia, the Tamworth boy said that popular game Fruit Ninja, also a hit with the adults, was one of his favourites.
“I love it because you get to chop everything up,” Garcia said.
Mrs Madden said the new ward additions, donated by the local branch of the Commonwealth Bank, makes everyone’s jobs just that little bit easier.
“The hospital still relies on public donations and the generosity of local businesses to help us out,” Mrs Madden said.
“It’s all about helping out the kids so we can care for them.”