The North Hastings District Hospital Auxiliary and North Hastings Hospital recently hosted three groups of grade 4 to grade 6 students on tours of our Diagnostic Department. With auxiliary volunteers acting as guides, the students were rotated through four stations; the X-Ray Room, the Fracture clinic, a hand-washing demo and the physiotherapy room where a session highlighting the skeleton depicted through X-rays had been set-up. Each station was ‘manned’ by a hospital staff member who led the students in a discussion and demonstration of equipment and techniques. Questions were encouraged throughout. A wrap-up session involving juice and homemade cookies, compliments of volunteers in the auxiliary, completed the tour.
The purpose of the tour was two-fold. It is hoped that some of the mystery and fear experienced by these young people on visits to the hospital will be removed and secondly that the students, and through them their parents, will be better informed about the new X-ray equipment in North Hastings Hospital and the role that the hospital auxiliary is playing in helping to fund that equipment.
As a follow-up, students will be making posters illustrating what they have learned. Prizes will be awarded and then the posters will be featured within the hospital and in businesses of Bancroft kicking off the Auxiliary’s Summer Campaign … “Seeing It Within You to Give”, whose focus is to raise money for the new Diagnostic Equipment.