Now more than ever we need to support our Women’s and Children’s Hospital in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

The Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation is working closely with your Hospital every day to provide critical support and resources. It is your support that makes this possible.

As the effects of the COVID-19 crisis continue, now more than ever the community needs to stand by its Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Children are not immune to COVID-19 and those with compromised immune systems are at a heightened risk. But it’s not just the virus we need to respond to; other life-threatening illnesses and injuries that children, and their families, face don’t stop during this health crisis.

Your Hospital is there for our families, always.

Children like Ezekiel need your support

Ezekiel is just one of many children admitted to the Hospital recently during these unprecedented times.

In mid-March the 11-year-old, who suffers from chronic kidney, liver and lung disease, was experiencing respiratory infection symptoms and was put on an emergency flight to the Hospital. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Ezekiel’s parents couldn’t be by his side.

Image: Ezekiel receiving treatment at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

Once at the Hospital he was tested for coronavirus, which thankfully came back negative, yet he was diagnosed with pneumonia and severe sepsis and spent the next 12 days recovering in Hospital. To protect both patients and staff, just one consistent support person – his mum, Venita – could remain at Ezekiel’s bedside.

The treatment children like Ezekiel receive at the Hospital must not, and will not, stop during these times.

Read more about Ezekiel’s story.

Please read below for the latest news on our support to the Hospital.

COVID-19 research

We are supporting a group of South Australian virologists, immunologists and clinicians who are collaborating on ground-breaking COVID-19 research, with one aspect looking exclusively at the virus in pregnant women and children.

The research will help determine if a ‘super race’ does exist – recovered patients who can go back into the community with immunity – and how long their immunity may last. This work will ultimately inform the creation of a vaccine.

Learn more 

Funding medical equipment

Equipment was funded enabling patients with compromised immune systems, due to illness such as cancer, to receive their infusion therapy at home.

The availability of the eight Niki T34 Syringe Pumps means these children no longer need to be admitted to Hospital for their monthly IV immunoglobulin infusions, a treatment that takes three-four hours, a great outcome during COVID-19 and one that will continue after the pandemic.

Greater financial support to vulnerable families

Each year the WCH Foundation commits tens of thousands of dollars to provide short-term financial assistance for families in crisis to assist them in covering the costs of meals, funerals, transport and accommodation. With the increased financial strain due to COVID-19, the Foundation is committed to increasing our support through our Family Support Fund to help more families.

Delivery of emergency supply packs

One-hundred and fifty emergency overnight packs complete with toiletries, slippers and activity books for adults and children were delivered to patients’ caregivers in response to the Hospital’s COVID-19 infection prevention measures, which saw the closure of its gift shops and restrictions on visitor numbers.

Helping to alleviate stress patients and their families feel

Due to heightened infection prevention measures in the Hospital, play items for children have been removed from waiting areas. We are working with Play Therapy team to supply single-use individual activity packs, filled with colouring-in books, pencils, packs of cards and small games, for children. Having access to play is key for patients and their families, it is proven to improve health and wellbeing, and alleviate stress, which is much needed at a time like this.

Staff wellness

As part of our assistance to the Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are supporting the wellbeing of the hard-working staff. In the lead up to Easter, we put a call-out to our corporate partners asking them donate items for goody bags as well as chocolates for Hospital staff and their families to enjoy. This is one way our community can show our appreciation of the Hospital staff during these stressful and unprecedented times. The response was overwhelming and on Thursday 9 April we delivered 100 goody bags, over 1000 chocolate eggs and bunnies, and more than 200 Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

Learn more 

If your business would like to be involved in supporting the COVID-19 response effort, please send an email to our Corporate Partnerships Team.


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