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Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital

Klipfontein Road Rondebosch, 7700 Cape Town, South Africa

Sister Jane Booth’s Farewell Party

On Friday 14 June 2019, staff, patients and parents held a farewell party for Sister Jane Booth, an Advanced Paediatric Clinical Nurse Practitioner who is retiring at the end of this month after many years of working at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.

The event at the hospital showed love and appreciation to Sister Booth who is the co-founder of the Breatheasy Programme – an unique initiative that sends technology dependent patients home with ventilators and tracheostomies by training their parents on how to look after them. Sister Booth started at Red Cross Children’s Hospital in 1979 and throughout the years has helped contribute to support systems between families and healthcare workers, as well as helping to change policy at the hospital for the better.

RX Radio Young Reporters Qaqamba, Talitha and Zaahra, who are also Sister Booth’s out-patients and part of the Breatheasy Programme, covered the event.

There were a number of key speakers from all around the hospital who gave their appreciation to Sister Booth. These included Sister Primrose Shabangu, Social Worker Carla Brown, Prof Andrew Argent, Dr Anita Parbhoo, Dr Diane Grey reading a note from Dr Marco Zampoli.

We wish Jane all the best for the future as she retires at the end of June.

Take a listen to some of the other messages from the staff at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital for Sister Booth:

Speech Therapy Communication Week at RXH

The first week of June is Speech Therapy Communication Week, where speech therapists address communication and swallowing disorders in patients. If a child has trouble comprehending or expressing spoken or written language a speech therapist can help. They help children to understand and use vocabulary, grammar and social aspects of language.

The Speech Therapy Department at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital has been hosting workshops for staff members where they give a sense of their practice.  They also want to acknowledge care givers who brings children for the speech therapy session once a month by giving them certificates and they are busy doing a book drive where there are collecting books for patients.

Take a listen to one of the speech therapists, Elanie van Schalkwyk as she speaks about the causes and possible ways of helping kids with speech or swallowing problems, as well as an interview with a mother and child who is using a communication device.

Child Abuse Campaign Launched at Red Cross Children’s Hospital

This week is Child Protection Week – a time to raise awareness about the rights of children in South Africa.
In light of this week, The Advocacy Committee, in collaboration with the Social Work Department, Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, RX Radio, Children’s Hospital Trust and Trauma Advocacy Group have therefore initiated a child abuse awareness campaign to stimulate a conversation about the burden of child abuse in the communities we serve, and to encourage people both within and outside the hospital to take action and protect children from harm.
[TAKE A LISTEN] to Carla Brown, head of the Social Work Department at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, talk about the different aspects of the campaign that will raise awareness around child abuse. You can also hear the voices of different members of the hospital community talking about the importance of this campaign.

RX Radio’s 2nd Birthday Celebration

On Saturday the 25th of May, RX Radio officially turned two with a huge LIVE Birthday Broadcast! We celebrated the event by looking at the impact that the radio station has had both in and out of the hospital community since we first went on air on the 20th of May 2017.

The big birthday celebration took place from 09:00 to 15:00 with the children presenting their live shows and interviewing prominent guests such as Miss South Africa Tamaryn Green, singer Talitha Luiters, NaliBali Reading Club Members, dancer Christelle Dreyer, Pippa Hudson and Celebrity Chef Justine Drake.

The RX Radio Reporters and all the guests also enjoyed snacks and cakes that were lovingly organised by the parents of the Child and Young Reporters. As part of the celebrations, Dr Beth Engelbrecht, Head of the Department of Health in the Western Cape, cut the RX Radio cake.

Great fun was had by all with many of the guests encouraging RX Radio to keep growing from strength to strength.

Photos by Wouter van Warmelo

RX Radio on Carte Blanche

RX Radio was excited to be featured on Carte Blanche on Sunday 19 May 2019 on M-Net on DSTV. The ten-minute story on Carte Blanche has brought positive feedback to the station and the RX Radio team.

Carte Blanche is a well-respected television show with a huge following and being featured on their show is a great opportunity for the station.

Check out the coverage of RX Radio below:

YouTube and Picture Credit: Carte Blanche

Paarl Hospital Certificate Ceremony May 2019

On Saturday 18 May 2019, the RX Radio team went to Paarl Hospital to host a Certificate Ceremony for the new Child and Young Reporters who completed their basic training in March and produced a radio diary.

The Certificate Ceremony was all about showing the children their completed radio diaries and giving them their certificates which show that they have completed basic training with RX Radio. Ten out of the eleven reporters were handed their certificates after watching their diaries and were formally asked if they wanted to continue being part of RX Radio as Child and Young Reporters. The kids were so excited to see what they were able to produce and they all agreed to be part of the RX Radio going forward.

The ceremony was supported by the CEO of Paarl Hospital, nurses, parents and the Radio KC team. The ceremony went well as all the kids were happy and the parents were so excited seeing their children speaking so boldly about their conditions or illnesses. After the Certificate Ceremony everyone ate a cake in celebration.

Radio Miudos Skype Interview

On 23 April 2019 we were approached by Rádio Miúdos, the first Portuguese speaking radio station run by children. They are an online radio station that has been operating since 2015 and they have a team of 30 kids doing their own shows.

They requested a Skype interview with our reporters which took place on 10th of May 2019. Kauthar, Amirah, Jesse and Imaad did the interview with three of their reporters and João Pedro Costa, their Programme Manager, who acted as a facilitator and translator.

The interview was a huge success as it became a conversational discussion where presenters from both Rádio Miúdos and RX Radio could ask each other questions about their experiences with radio.

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RX Radio Newsletter 06 May 2019

We have just released our brand new RX Radio quarterly newsletter! While we are primarily a radio station run by and for children at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, this newsletter is intended to entertain its readers and act as a space for Child and Young Reporters to express themselves in a written medium.

In this edition, you can find a number of articles that were written by six RX Radio Reporters on a variety of informative and entertaining topics.

  • Mujahid (18) writes about his experience with the pilot of RX Radio (which took place in 2009) and the excitement of going live on air for the first time in 2017.
  • Luzuko (17) focuses on the power of music, it’s place in self-healing, and his own history with music.
  • Alaweyah’s article looks at the 13-year-old’s journey with her condition and RX Radio’s place in her life.
  • Alex (16) talks about his experience with RX Radio and how he enjoys hosting the RX Radio Top 20 with Alex.
  • Tarique (18) tackles the serious topic of social media and how RX Radio fits into the media landscape.
  • Finally, Amirah shares a recipe for sugar-free cookies.

We hope that you will enjoy reading this newsletter and that you will learn something new from the Child and Young Reporters at RX Radio.

Click here to view the First Edition of RX Radio Newsletter!

Untold Stories Book Launch

On Tuesday 23 April 2019, Yusrah and Naseera, hosts of Book and Breakfast attended the book launch of Untold Stories: memories of growing up in a different era at Groote Schuur High School in celebration of World Book Day.

The book featured childhood stories of six South Africans sharing their unique perspectives growing up under the apartheid regime. The stories were combined by Dr Joanne Bloch who spoke at the event and there was a re-enactment of the stories performed by members of Project 021 – a non- profit organisation who through the performing arts, seeks to create social change and provide skills development through communication project.

The event was organised by Cape Town Museum of Childhood and Centre for Early Childhood Development. Yusrah and Naseerah interviewed a number of people attending the event, including five of the people featured in the book, the organisers of the event, as well as Dr Joanne Bloch.

RX Radio at Building Children’s Nursing Conference 2019

On Tuesday the 16th of April 2019, RX Radio gave a presentation at the Building Children’s Nursing (BCN) Conference for Africa that took place from Tuesday to Thursday last week. This biennial conference is a participative event for nurses all over Africa who work with children and their families, to consider and celebrate their contribution to excellence in care. This year’s theme was Constructs of Care where models and approaches to care are examined.

Six Child and Young Reporters, along with Senior Content Producer Noluyolo, gave a talk entitled “Improving patient experience and healthcare communication through radio – what children say about pain”. This talk therefore focused on the podcast that was produced last year on Procedural Pain – a podcast that actively changed policy at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.

Giving the 45-minute presentation at the end of the first day of the conference, Rowan, Thameenah, Jesse, Imaad, Saadiq and Mujahid spoke about their experiences with pain in hospital, the communication they had with healthcare professionals, and how RX Radio may have given them a platform to ask questions and improve their communication skills. Advice was also given to the health workers attending in order to encourage them to listen to their patients and refine their own communication skills when it comes to the pain a patient feels.

The presentation was well-received by the attendees at the conference who spoke highly of the work RX Radio is doing with the children in the hospital community.

Aside from this presentation, RX Radio also covered the BCN conference on the first day – with Child Reporters Thameenah and Rowan interviewing speakers, organisers and attendees. Listen below for the coverage from that day: