"Square Eyes in the ED"
About: Geraldton Hospital / Emergency Department Geraldton Hospital Emergency Department Geraldton 6530
Posted by CommonSenseMedia (as ),
As a parent, I am very careful about what my kids are exposed to on the internet and TV. At a recent visit to the ED we were subjected to a show that was showing fairly graphic breast augmentation surgery along with discussions about self-esteem and body image. For me, this is majorly inappropriate considering I was attending with a child with an eating disorder threatening suicide. As there were other people in the waiting room who I believe also didn't want to see what was on the TV, I was confident to ask the admin clerk to change the channel and they handed me the remote. I hardly want to touch my remote at home let alone one that has been in an Emergency Department for any number of years!
Since then a close friend has also shared her story with me of her child having nightmares after a late-night visit to the ED when a horror movie was playing.
Of course, you will never be able to please all the visitors with what is on the TV but at the very least, I think it should be appropriate for all, e.g. rated general. In the current waiting room, there is not an option to avoid TV watching but I hope this is something that had been taken into account for the redevelopment as I am sure there are many like me that would prefer to have a low stimulation environment in which to wait.