“You’ll Need Some Lemons and Hot Water” – Here’s What Local Kids Know About What Happens at a Hospital

Fiona Jennings, BRHS’ Child Safe Standards Project Leader. Photo: Jake Lynch/BRHS


Out of the mouths of babes, as they say.

We wanted to know what young children thought about what happens at our hospital.

So we asked them.

Their answers were illuminating, wonderful and often straight to the point. Here’s a few.

“Hospitals aren’t that bad. The dentists are nice and the operations are quick.
So hospitals are good and hospitals help.”

“Hospitals help people when they are sick or injured.
Community nurses give you information and help you recover at home.
You’ll need some lemons and hot water.”

Couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

BRHS’ Social Workers Fiona Jennings, Natasha Willett and Social Work student Emily Dodd had the very great pleasure of hanging a number of artworks at the hospital this week from the students at Metung Primary School which they made to respond to our question “what happens at the hospital?”

The very welcome splash of colour this week is part of BRHS’ effort to engage young people in the community and create an environment at the health service that includes them.

Earlier this year, Jake Lynch, BRHS’ Media and Communications Coordinator, spoke to the students in Metung about the work that people do at the hospital, and to answer the students’ important questions. (Here’s one: “if you accidentally stick your brother in the foot with a nail gun, will he have to go to hospital?” Answer: probably, yes.)

Our fun project with Metung Primary School was the fabulous idea of BRHS Social Worker Casey Brownlie, and is part of a broader effort here at BRHS to make the hospital and the organisation as a whole a safe, friendly and engaging place for children.

“Hospitals can be intimidating places for anyone, especially young children,” said Fiona Jennings, BRHS’ Child Safe Standards Project Lead. “The goal of this project was to help them understand what the health service is all about and to meet some of the people that work here, but also to bring some of the life and colour and energy of these great kids into the place.”

“We want to create a culture here at BRHS where children feel welcome and safe, and this is one effort toward that bigger goal.”

For more information about BRHS’ work around becoming a child safe organisation you can contact Fiona Jennings at fiona.jennings@brhs.com.au.