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Counsellors introduce new heart-warming initiative for people in need

December 2020

Friday 18 December 2020

When Counsellors Hiromi Ogata, Jennifer Tucker, Anna Young started working together in October, they agreed they wanted to do more for patients and families at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Brisbane.

After workshopping various ideas and concepts, the team landed on an initiative that draws on the talent of the hospital’s beautiful volunteer team.

Volunteers at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Brisbane now sew handmade hearts from brightly coloured fabrics featuring an array of different patterns. Each handmade heart is small enough to fit inside the palm of a hand and styles its own unique design.

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The counselling team gift these hearts, named Feelie Hearts, to patients and relatives of patients at the hospital.

The counselling team at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Brisbane play an important role in delivering the hospital’s Patient and Family Support Service. A free counselling support service made available to all patients and relatives of patients.

Working collaboratively with the palliative care team, Mrs Ogata, Mrs Tucker, Mrs Young provide counselling support to patients in palliative care – supporting patients in the hospital’s dedicated 24/7 inpatient unit as well as in the community.

Mrs Tucker has been a part of the hospital’s counselling team since May 2019 and says it is a privilege supporting patients and their families.

“We are humbled by the trust that is shown to us,” Mrs Tucker said.

“The new Feelie Hearts are not intended to enhance our service. Rather, they merely form part of the many ways that we can show support to our patients and their families,” Mrs Tucker said.

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