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.
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre has been a recipient of this award in 2007, 2009, and 2011
Staying at the hospital, attending appointments, or having day surgery can be very stressful for anyone. Unfortunately, the stress surrounding the hospital environment is even higher for children. Children and children with special that have a variety of medical needs can experience many negative feelings. Children often have feelings of fear, confusion, isolation, and uncertainty just by being away from their own home and bed. As a result the physical and emotional health and a Child's overall well-being can be negatively impacted.
Child Life Services can help. With the support of a Child Life Specialist, children can master these feelings through play, education, and support. This allows children to 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.