For questions including information about Child Life Services, please call the Paediatric Team directly at (807) 684-6514.
For general questions about the Health Sciences Centre, please call the Switchboard at (807) 684-6000.
The Canadian Nurses Assocation 2011
Staying as an inpatient at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre can be very stressful for anyone, but especially for children. For children & children with special needs, it can be traumatic just being away from their own home and bed. Children may experience fear, confusion, and unfamiliarity.
Child Life Services can help. With the support of a Child Life Specialist, children can master these feelings through play, education, and support, and help them understand the reasons why they are here. The program also offers a number of distractions for the children including toys, games, video games, and DVDs to help pass the time and take their minds off things. The Child Life Specialist assists in preparing children for tests & procedures. If your child needs assistance with adjusting to hospitalization or preparing for a test or procedure, parents/guardians may contact the Child Life Specialist at 684-5818
For more information, ask your nurse about how Child Life Services can help your child – and your family – have a more positive stay.