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There is healing in giving, and that is what Waikato District Health Board has tried to embody in a new service that will help family and friends stay in touch with their loved ones.

Through the organisation’s website loved ones will be able to send an e-card to patients while they are admitted to any ward at the Waiora-Waikato Hospital.

The card will then be hand delivered to the patient, giving them not only a sentimental message but a visitor too.

The model follows similar initiatives rolled out in the United Kingdom, United States and Australia and is a simple way of delivering a message when someone may not be able to physically visit a patient.

The online system will allow people to send get well cards for adults and children and congratulations for new arrivals.

Waikato DHB director of business support Melinda Ch’ng said the free cards have great potential to improve the patent’s experience.

“People are able to write the message in the patient’s own language… and the ability for patients to keep and re-read the card provides a long lasting reminder of the sentiment shared by their loved ones.”

In early 2016 e-cards will be available for patients at Taumarunui, Tokoroa, Thames and Te Kuiti hospitals.

Please encourage friends and family of patients in your area to use this new service available on Waikato DHB website under ‘For patients and visitors’.

The launching of this service is part of the DHB’s strategy to enhance its services to patients and whānau.

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