The Family Room – Christchurch Hospital
The Ronald McDonald Family Room, Christchurch Hopsital is located inside the Child Haematology Oncology Centre (CHOC). This is a place for families to rest and regroup just moments away from their children – share a cup of tea, rest between treatments or find strength in other families on similar journeys.
Any family who has a child who has been admitted to CHOC can use the Family Room’s communal facilities.
The Family Room – Invercargill
The Ronald McDonald Family Room, Southland Hospital is an extension of the Hospital that is directly connected to the Children’s and Neo Natal wards. When families walk in, they forget they’re in a hospital – this is a place to rest and regroup just moments away from their children.
Any family who has a child up to and including the age of 21 who has been admitted to the Children’s or Neo Natal wards can use the Family Room’s communal facilities.
There are also four overnight bedrooms which are allocated on a daily basis by the Family Room Supervisor in consultation with the Hospital’s medical staff. Rooms are provided to families on a greatest need basis and each family’s individual situation is taken into consideration.
This can include, but is not limited to:
- distance the family needs to travel to the hospital
- the severity of the child’s illness or injury
- breast feeding or new mothers with a baby in the Neo Natal unit
What facilities are available?
In most cases, initial accommodation arrangements will be made by a Patient Travel Administrator or Social Worker at a family’s local or regional hospital. Visits can be arranged by a family directly, but proof of a hospital appointment is required.