Clown Doctors celebrate a decade of fun

Clown doctors, patients and staff
Children’s Ward patients Rhys Bailey (left) and Riley Craker joined in the fun when the Clown Doctors celebrated 10 years at Fremantle Hospital.
October 2, 2014

The Clown Doctors have been brightening the lives of sick patients and their families at Fremantle Hospital since 2004 and have become a vital and much-loved part of the Children’s Ward team.

The popular performers celebrated their 10th anniversary with a special celebration at the hospital on Friday 19 September, where staff, patients and visitors got the chance to thank them for a decade of fun, laughter and smiles.

Fremantle Hospital Children’s Ward will close with the opening of Fiona Stanley Hospital’s state-of-the-art paediatric service in February 2015 and the Clown Doctors will continue their wonderful work at the new hospital – so the celebration was also an opportunity to wish the Clown Doctors well on their next adventure.

One of the hospital’s well known Clown Doctors, Dr Dippy, said Fremantle had been a warm and welcoming environment from the very beginning.

“I remember speaking to the Paediatric Nurse Manager 10 years ago and telling her about what we do. She was immediately enthusiastic and invited us on board,” Dr Dippy said.

“We are so happy to have been a part of this wonderful hospital and to have made a difference in the lives of many sick patients, their families and staff.”

Fremantle Hospital and Health Service Executive Director Dr David Blythe said the Clown Doctors had made an immeasurable contribution to the wellbeing of patients.

“The Clown Doctors have always done a fantastic job of distracting patients from the foreign and sometimes daunting experience of being in hospital,” Dr Blythe said

“They have been a wonderful presence in our hospital over the years and we thank them for their very important contribution.”

Fact File

  • The Clown Doctors program started in WA in 2000 and has since touched the lives of approximately 400,000 sick children, families and hospital staff.
  • The Clown Doctors program began at Fremantle Hospital in August 2004.
  • The program is delivered by the Humour Foundation, an Australian charity dedicated to promoting and delivering the health benefits of humour.
  • Clown Doctors are professional performers selected for their high level of skill as well as their personal qualities such as sensitivity and caring.
  • The Clown Doctors also visit Princess Margaret Hospital.