Clown Doctors spread the humour at Royal Darwin Hospital

Friday, 24 February 2012

Royal Darwin Hospital patients are undergoing treatment of a different kind this week, laughter therapy.

Clown Doctors Dr Honeybee (Miranda Mills) and Dr Biscuit (Nique Murch) have spent two days at RDH giving out doses of fun and laughter.

They have spread their humour across the hospital campus to remove the anxiety some patients can experience during a hospital stay, believing laughter is the best medicine.

Top End Hospital Network Executive Directory Jenny Cleary said the Clown Doctors delivered just the right medicine for RDH's patients.

"The Clown Doctors are hilarious and do a great job of boosting the mood in the hospital," she said.

"They entertain anyone and everyone during their 'Clown Rounds', from patients at their bedside to people in waiting areas, the foyer, lifts and corridors.

"Our patients, visitors and staff all enjoy their madcap antics and we look forward to hosting the Clown Doctors each time they visit."

Clown Doctors are professional performers promoting the health benefits of laughter. Clown Doctors is the core program of The Humour Foundation, which has 55 professional Clown Doctors around Australia who share their shenannigans with more than 135,000 people each year.

The program is funded by community donations and sponsorship as well as the Commonwealth Bank Staff Community Fund.

Media contact: Kirsty Reid 0419 818 414