A new clinic is helping vulnerable people to access life-protecting vaccines – some of them for the first time in their lives.
It administers both COVID-19 and flu vaccinations under sedation, while a therapy dog also helps to calm nervous patients.
Perth’s Subiaco Private Hospital has partnered with the Western Australian Department of Health to set up the facility, which is available to individuals living with a disability, neurodiversity or who have severe needle phobia.
“Vaccinations have played a key role in keeping our communities safe and well for decades now but for many people getting a needle can be a traumatic experience, which is why this service is so important,” Subiaco Private Hospital CEO Andrea LeGuier said.
She said more than 100 patients would receive multiple vaccinations, and over 50 people had already had at least one dose.
“Our staff, along with our much-loved therapy dog Lucy, are dedicated to creating a supportive and safe environment to ensure each and every patient has the best possible experience,” Ms LeGuier added.
Director of Nursing Keri Brandis said it had been “truly heart-warming” to hear the stories of those who had already benefited from the clinic’s services.
“From children who have had their first positive needle experience in a decade, to adults in their fifties who have now been able to receive their first-ever flu vaccination, we have had so many people say how appreciative they are that they now feel more protected than ever against these viruses,” she said.
Ms Brandis paid tribute to the staff at Subiaco Private Hospital, which is part of the Cura Day Hospitals Group.
“I am so proud of how our team has handled each and every challenge over the past few years, and this is just another way they are going above and beyond to really change lives,” she said.
“Without this service, many of these people would not have been able to receive these vital vaccinations, so we feel privileged we can really make a difference in that respect.”
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