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20 years of extraordinary volunteer service

This week we enjoyed a Christmas lunch with many of our amazing volunteers.   We were also thrilled to be able to acknowledge and celebrate the tremendous service of Margaret Lucas.  Margaret was one of our very first hospital volunteers, and started her volunteering as a Pink Lady after answering an ad in the newspaper.  She… Read more »

Farewell to our volunteer elder-statesman

This week we farewell our esteemed volunteer elder-statesman Derek Smith who has been a cornerstone of the Wellington Regional Hospital volunteer guiding team for the past two decades! Over the years Derek has clocked up thousands of miles across the hospital campus, helping patients and visitors navigate the confusing maze of buildings so that they… Read more »

Police, pooches and pressies for Te Wao Nui

Children and young people in Te Wao Nui Children’s Hospital were treated to a very special Christmas visit from the Wellington District Police this morning.  There were smiles all round as members of the police team, the Dive Squad and a couple of excited pooches, went bedside handing out gifts.  Our huge thanks to the… Read more »

Buddle Findlay spreading festive joy

It was so lovely to welcome Santa and a few of Buddle Findlay’s Summer Clerks to Te Wao Nui Children’s Hospital this morning!  Buddle Findlay have been spreading festive cheer and putting smiles on the faces of sick tamariki since 2004. Joining them were the fantastically talented face painters from BodyFX

Christmas Baubles on the Bridge

Every year generous local businesses and families help bring a little Christmas joy to patients, staff and visitors to Wellington Regional Hospital. This year we launched a new Baubles on the Bridge campaign, with large colourful baubles take centre stage on the Link Bridge that connects the main hospital complex with Te Wao Nui Children’s… Read more »

Thoughtful gesture for sick kids this Christmas

A big shout out to Keddie (left) and Bree for their thoughtfulness in creating activity packs for children spending time in hospital over Christmas.  The girls were inspired to help as part of their work in this year’s William Pike Challenge, organised by Samuel Marsden Collegiate School for Y8 students. Bree and her sister know… Read more »

Transforming paediatric surgery with new Laparoscopic and Endoscopy Equipment

Thanks to the incredible generosity of our donors, we have been able to fund new state of the art laparoscopic and endoscopy equipment for Wellington Regional Hospital’s Paediatric Theatre Service. The new 3D/4K Operative Laparoscopy System and 4K upgrade of the Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Imaging System will ensure better health outcomes for our hospital’s youngest patients… Read more »

Foundation donors bring hope for better cancer detection and treatment

Breast cancer is New Zealand’s third most common cancer, sadly claiming more than 600 lives every year. New Zealand is lucky to have a national breast screening programme and fortunately for most people, this is simply a routine health check.  However, if routine screens reveal abnormalities or if a patient exhibits breast cancer symptoms, the… Read more »

Celebrating World Allied Health Professional Day

Today is World Allied Health Professionals Day.  Allied Health Professionals are highly skilled health practitioners with specialised expertise in preventing, diagnosing and treating a range of conditions and illnesses.  Allied Health is a term that includes specialties such as dietitians, social workers, occupational and play therapists, pharmacists, anaesthetic technicians, optometrists, psychologists, medical imaging technologists and… Read more »

Goodie bags for sick tamariki

A huge thanks to Julia who recently delivered over 100 bags of goodies containing toothbrushes, t-shirts, and fidget toys for children spending time in Te Wao Nui. Julia, a frequent flyer to the children’s hospital, designed and made all the lovely drawstring bags. Ka pai tō mahi!