Give our cancer kids a dedicated family room in the new Children's Hospital

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Give our cancer kids a dedicated family room in the new Children's Hospital

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Rhiannon Williams started this petition to Kim Hames, WA Health Minister

While the plans for the new Children's Hospital include a parents' room to be shared bewteen oncology, burns, plastics and orthopedics patients, there is currently no allowance for a family room specifically for our cancer kids.

When my 1 year old son was being treated for cancer, the oncology ward family room was a lifeline for us. He was not allowed to leave the ward, and I was not willing to leave his side - in fact, until we left the hospital two weeks after his initial diagnosis, I did not even know where the hospital canteen was. 

But I did know where the family room was - a place I could go to make a cup of coffee, or eat a fresh, hot meal, or share the details of my child's illness and treatment with other parents who understood. A place to make toast for my son at midnight when he was finally able to eat, and somewhere to play without disturbing other families at 4am when he was unable to sleep.

Many children spend weeks and months at a time in the oncology ward, and the family room gives families a chance to eat freshly cooked meals and spend some quality time together. Children undergoing chemotherapy often cannot stomach hospital food,  and children on steroids can experience extreme hunger and cravings - so there are often parents cooking specifically for their sick children.

A parents' room shared with other patients on the same level as the oncology ward is not acceptable - kids with cancer cannot use a shared room because of the risk of infection.

We need a dedicated family room in the oncology ward, with cooking and food storage facilities. Please sign our petition to show the WA Health Minister that putting our cancer kids at risk is not acceptable

Thank you for your support.

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