You’ll see him here, there and everywhere throughout the surgery and OR corridors of the Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre. And more often than not, he’s attached to a stretcher, a wheelchair – or a young patient!
Barry Efford is a personal care attendant, whose responsibility it is to take children to and from the operating room. . .and to generally make them feel more comfortable in an unfamiliar environment. In the 15 years he’s been doing this, Barry himself has become a familiar beacon of assurance for all the children he works with.
On National Child Day, we thought it appropriate to take you behind the scenes in a pediatric hospital, and highlight the work of one employee who has dedicated his life to making a hospital stay better – one child – one day – at a time. ■
This video was co-produced by Phil Simms, a videographer, and Deborah Collins, a communications manager, with Eastern Health in St. Johns.