Miss Universe Australia, Scherri-Lee Biggs made a special effort to stop by the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) in Melbourne at the end of November. It would be Scherri-Lee’s last visit to the exceptional but out-dated hospital, with staff, patients and visitors including Miss Universe Australia, eagerly anticipating the big move to the brand new facility opening in December, after many years of hard work planning and design. The new build will see the RCH provide state-of-the-art care to sick children, with expanded facilities and a stronger focus on teaching, research and health prevention.
Despite a busy schedule, Scherri-Lee took some time out to stop by the Children’s Neuroscience Centre, to deliver iTunes gift cards to the kids, along with her signature smile and infectious giggle.
One patient Scherri-Lee spent some quality time with was 10-month-old Annie, who was one of the smallest and youngest Victorians to ever receive a liver transplant. Annie was only seven months old and weighed just 6kg when (thanks to an anonymous donor and the brilliant work of some special surgeons) she underwent the operation.
RCH’s new design has been created specifically with children like Annie in mind. Low-rise sections at reception desks allow the younger patients to see what’s going on and waiting areas have been fitted with interactive distractions. Plus, medical equipment is disguised with design themes and colours where possible to make children feel more at home.
Along with the new facilities, visits like Scherri-Lee’s are extremely important in helping to break up a monotonous hospital routine, and bring some joy to the faces of kids who often spend long periods at a time having treatment.
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