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: