Kids’ ward car makes scary trips fun

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Super car . . . Mosgiel District Lions Club give a mini car to Dunedin Hospital children's ward in on Tuesday. On the spot were (standing, from left) club bulletin editor Bon Smith, secretary Glenys Stewart, president John Stewart and project convener Sandra Ramsay, all of Mosgiel, (kneeling, from left) Dunedin Hospital staff nurse Sarah Heggie, of Dunedin, Otago Polytechnic nursing student Emily Campbell (21), of Queenstown, patient Rona Hashimoto-Oxley (3 months, in car) and her mother, Naoko Hashimoto, both of Wanaka. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE

The children’s ward in Dunedin Hospital is home to a new bright red sports car to transport anxious patients to operating theatres.

Mosgiel District Lions Club president John Stewart said the red Mercedes-Benz AMG mini car cost $440.

Agora Butchery gave the club $200 and the remainder was raised from sausage sizzles run by club members including one outside the butchery in Gordon Rd on October 19.

The car was operated using a remote control, allowing hospital staff to use the vehicle to transport children from the ward to operating theatres.

He hoped the car would help scared children in the ward cope with the anxiety of the impending operation.

“This gives them something to look forward to.”

Charge nurse manager Shirley Bell, speaking at a presentation in the ward on Tuesday said she was “grateful” for the club giving the “absolutely awesome” car to the ward.

“I’m sure many kids are going to have a lot of fun in it.”