Subiaco Private Hospital has partnered with the Western Australian Department of Health to set up a vaccination sedation clinic, to help administer essential vaccinations to certain community member groups.
CEO, Andrea LeGuier, said the clinic administers both the COVID-19 and flu vaccinations under sedation and 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,” she said.
Ms LeGuier said more than 100 patients will receive multiple vaccinations and already more than fifty have 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,” she said.
Director of Nursing, Keri Brandis, said the feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive.
“It truly is heart-warming when you hear the stories of how this sedation clinic has impacted those who come to receive a vaccine,” Ms Brandis said.
“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.”
Ms Brandis said this is a reflection of the hard-working team at Subiaco Private Hospital.
“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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