NSLHD News 1 October 2021

WELLBEING PACKS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN HOSPITAL Wellbeing packs have been given to young people across Northern due to COVID-19 can mean some

were thought to be quite isolated,” Kate said. “The wellbeing packs and a visit by NSLHD’s therapy dog, Herbie, were our way to help keep their mind active and bring a smile to their day,” Lauren said. The wellbeing packs consisted of fun activities such as mindfulness colouring, dot-to-dot

Sydney Local Health District hospitals and North Ryde Special Health Accommodation (SHA) as part of the R U OK? Day campaign. The wellbeing packs are a partnership between NSLHD Health Promotion, NSLHD Youth Health and Ku-ring-gai Council and were distributed to 50 young patients Youth health clinicians Kate Tolley and Lauren Huntley said the initiative came about after youth health nurses reported being concerned about the wellbeing of adolescent and young adults they were seeing in hospital. “Many young patients are already overwhelmed about being in hospital, but adding visitor restrictions Awareness Week – which aims to raise awareness of chronic wounds. This year’s theme was ‘the solution is bleeding obvious.’ Clinical Nurse Consultant, Stomal Therapy and Wound Care, Rachel Hodgkins said all healthcare professionals need to be wound aware as everyone working in healthcare will come across wounds. “These may be surgical incisions, wounds that occur as a result of trauma or wounds that are complications of diseases and conditions and can result in chronic wounds,” she said.

North Shore Hospital. An Origami-lover, she was pleased to use her pack. Another young patient said he would use the colouring activity for a virtual date night. While recovering from surgery, he intended to video call his girlfriend and both do some colouring in. Anika received a wellness pack during her stay in the Child and Adolescent Unit at Royal North Shore Hospital

drawings, origami creations and coloured pencils and paper, helpful breathing exercises, as well as some delicious treats, a stress ball and drink bottle. Anika Watts received a wellness pack during her stay in the Child and Adolescent Unit at Royal

Wound Awareness Week 2021 Northern Sydney Local Health District recently celebrated Wound “People with chronic diseases such as

diabetes or those

over 65 are more at risk of chronic wounds.” Every year over 420,000

Staff at Ward 8B with a winner of the quiz, Boh

Awareness Week, Royal North Shore Hospital had a daily quiz for staff. There was also an opportunity for staff to undertake virtual wound education during the week. For further information please see http://www. woundaware.com.au/about- wound-awareness-week/

Australians suffer from a chronic wound. They are a ‘hidden affliction’ that is alarmingly common and many people suffer with their wound for much longer than they need to. With the right treatment, a chronic wound can be healed. To support Wound



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