LONG ASSOCIATION: Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe (second from right) has been waiting in anticipation for the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital to open. Pictured here in 2012 with Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service chief executive Kevin Hegarty (far left) and others at the Wishlist Sky Bridge (now called Doug Biggs Memorial Bridge), which was unveiled in Nambour in 2012 and connects Reed Charity House to Nambour Hospital.
LONG ASSOCIATION: Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe (second from right) has been waiting in anticipation for the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital to open. Pictured here in 2012 with Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service chief executive Kevin Hegarty (far left) and others at the Wishlist Sky Bridge (now called Doug Biggs Memorial Bridge), which was unveiled in Nambour in 2012 and connects Reed Charity House to Nambour Hospital. Emily Haynes

Wishlist's party to celebrate new hospital's kids services

SERVICES and facilities for sick children will be vastly improved when the Sunshine Coast University Hospital opens in April.

It's one of the reasons Wishlist is throwing a huge party to celebrate next month.

"We feel it's certainly something to celebrate - the fact we have this amazing $1.8 billion facility here in our midst," Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe said.

"It brings so much to the Sunshine Coast - 10,000 local families won't have to travel to Brisbane as a result.

"For the first time, radiation therapy and so many other services will be provided direct to local families."

The children's health charity raised funds though its Spring Carnival last year for a new family room at SCUH, for parents of sick children to sleep and spend time in a home-like environment.

"It's quite a beautiful space adjoining the children's ward for a couple of families at a time that need to be close to young children in that ward," she said.

"It's a place for them to rest and recover, and be close to their children."

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A second facility funded by Wishlist is for parents of newborn babies born prematurely or with complications that require them to stay in hospital.

"Before they go home they have the option to room in if you like but with a nurse at hand in case they need them, just so they're ready to go home when the time comes," she said.

Television presenter and journalist Ray Martin will host Wishlist's Sunshine Coast University Hospital Grand Celebration on March 4.

Tickets for the cocktail evening are $175 with discounts for table bookings. To book visit www.wishlist.org.au


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