We know that visiting or staying in hospital can be a daunting for our patients, which is why we make sure there are plenty of fun things for them to do.
The Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital works with our charitable partners to make the hospital a fun place for our patients to be. From the Patient Entertainment System (PES) to the Starlight Express Room, there are a range of activities and resources available that make visiting, or staying at the hospital a more positive experience for children.
The Family Resource Centre on Level 2 (near the main reception desk) also offers families computer and internet access, printing, free WiFi, phones, faxes, information on local support groups and services, health information resources, and volunteers who are on hand to assist in any way they can. The Centre, managed by the Children’s Hospital Foundation, offers a lounge and a play area for children up to eight years.
A supervised play service is available Monday to Friday, 9.30am-12pm, and 3pm-5pm.
Patient Entertainment System
The touch-screen Patient Entertainment System (or PES) found at each inpatient bedside and in other areas throughout the hospital, gives you access to free-to-air TV, Foxtel, radio channels and games.
We also have a range of features coming soon, including internet, on-demand movies, video calls and more.
A haven inside the hospital
The Starlight Express Room on Level 6 is is an ever-changing, fun-filled place for inpatients, outpatients and their families seeking entertainment, a place to play and a distraction from illness or injury. Our Captain Starlights orchestrate their own brand of fun and mayhem, alongside the latest computer games, movies, crafts and activities.
Kids too ill to leave their beds can join in the fun via the daily Captain Starlight shows broadcast to their bedside TVs.
Note: All children need to be signed into the Starlight Express Room; children 8 years and under need to be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Monday to Friday | 9.30am-4.30pm
Saturday | 11.30am-4pm
Sunday | 10.30am-4pm
For more information visit the Starlight Children’s Foundation website.
Livewire is an online community designed just for young people living with a serious illness, chronic health condition or disability, and their families. Provided by the Starlight Foundation, it is a safe and supportive online space where members can connect and share experiences with others who understand what they are going through.
Livewire.org.au has a chat room, for members over 13 years of age, which provides them with the opportunity to stay connected to other Australian members as well as with young people from the Starbright World community in the U.S.A. and Canada, who share similar experiences. This chat room is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with a Chat Host on duty at all times. These members also have access to games, including two-player games.
Livewire (12+ age group) Opening Hours:
Monday to Thursday | 6pm-7.30pm
Saturday | 6pm-7.30pm
Join Livewire at www.livewire.org.au or contact the Livewire Support Team by calling 02 8425 5971.
Ronald McDonald House Family Room
Located on Level 6, this room provides a quiet retreat for families to relax and eat. Services include a beverage bay with free tea and coffee, a microwave and sandwich toaster for preparing snacks, and a children’s play area.
Monday to Friday | 8am-6pm
Saturday to Sunday | 10.30am-5pm
For more information visit the Ronald McDonald House Family Room website.
Our in-house Radio Lollipop station gives young patients a voice and a choice during their stay. While they can´t say ‘no’ to taking their medicine or receiving treatment, they can request their favourite songs, win prizes and hear their own voices on the radio.
A live show is broadcast week nights 5.30pm-7.30pm and Saturdays 9.30am-11.30am to all wards in the hospital. Patients can tune in via the bedside Patient Entertainment System.
Read more about Radio Lollipop.
The Children’s Hospital Foundation Scholastic Book Bunker on Level 2 in the Family Resource Centre, has about 9,000 books for patients to choose from. For patients who can’t leave their beds, our hospital volunteers bring the books to you on a mobile trolley.
The Children’s Hospital Foundation, in partnership with Juiced Enterprises, will broadcast ‘Juiced TV’ a weekly television show just for patients and families of the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital. Patients, past and present, will not only generate program content, but also be the stars of each show, along with their families, our staff, Pip Russell, and other special guests and performers.
Visit the Juiced TV website.