Health
Thursday, November 16th, 2000
Local Flu Shot Schedule Nov. 20 and Nov. 27

Public Health Clinic: Shipley Center Walk-In, 350 Virginia Ave., Seaford, will give flu shots from 9 a.m.-noon on on Nov. 20, and Nov. 27. Public Health Clinics are for people age 60 and older and those with chronic conditions. Other interested adults should be referred to the clinics offered by the Christiana Care Visiting Nurse Association.


Nanticoke Memorial Hospital launches 'Wee Care' program

On Dec. 13, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will begin a new program entitled "Wee Care" for children age 16 and under, who are scheduled to have surgery. Hospitalization can be a frightening experience for all of us. When the patient is a child, those fears may impact on the patient's recovery. To help minimize the emotional stress on young patients, nursing and volunteer staff at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital have developed a pre-hospitalization program for children entitled "Wee Care." The program is voluntary and is highly recommended to help alleviate the child's fears at the time of hospitalization and during post-operative care. A volunteer, accompanied by a talking bear, meets the children and their parents. Together they explain to the children what they will experience during their hospitalization. The children, accompanied by a parent, then don hospital scrubs and are given a tour through the Treatment Center, Operating Suite, Post Anesthesia Care Unit and the Pediatric/Short Stay Unit. Each child is presented with a bear, which may accompany the child on the day of scheduled surgery. The orientation, which lasts approximately 30 minutes, will be held on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:00 PM. To learn more about the program or to reserve space for your child contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospital's Surgical Services at 629-6611, extension 2274.
Nanticoke Health Services participates in American Heart Walk
On Saturday, Oct. 7, members of the Nanticoke Health Services family joined other Sussex County residents to walk for a cause. The annual American Heart Walk, held at Redden State Forest, drew over 450 participants and raised $75,000 for the event. Representatives from Nanticoke Health Services collected nearly $4,000 for the day. Monies raised from the event will be utilized for research and education for heart disease and stroke. Plans are already underway for next year's event, which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2001. To learn more about the American Heart Association visit them on the web at www.americanheart.org