The announcement comes after Juiced TV Founder and 2018 Queensland Local Hero winner Pip Russell unveiled the future of the program at its annual ‘Juicies Awards’ last night, in front of patients, families, hospital executives and the broader Queensland Health network.
“The launch of the ‘Juiced Box’ is a defining moment for the past, present and future success of our cause.
“Our team have been working hard behind to scenes to build a service that can amplify the impact we have to sick kids right across the country, while offering a solution that is centred around the patients and works to improve their quality of life” said Ms Russell.
The ‘Juiced Box’ mobile application facilitates a way to connect patients and their families through the leading Juiced TV hospital entertainment service, currently headquartered at Brisbane’s Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.
It is the first phase of a broader, digitally-led plan to build a connected community of patients, families, and clinical support teams across the country, irrespective of geographical or physical confines.
Townsville Hospital Foundation General Manager Judy Higgins-Olsen said The Townsville Hospital has been thrilled to have had the capacity to have piloted the ‘Juiced Box’ service on iPads for patients over the last three months.
“Watching how the ‘Juiced Box’ continues to connect and inspire our sick children, irrespective of their condition or physical means has been incredible to witness. We are thrilled to count ourselves as early adopters of what is set to be a game-changing means of delivering entertainment to kids in hospital, especially throughout regional Queensland” said Mrs Higgins-Olsen.
The Juiced Box is set for launch at the Mackay Base Hospital this October, before embarking on further expansion across Queensland and beyond.
“Our core purpose is to give sick children across Australia the opportunity to find a sense of normality in their lives, and to just remember what it’s like to be a kid during some incredibly tough times” said Ms Russell.
“We know the ‘Juiced Box’ is set to be a game-changer and can’t wait to continue improving the lives of patients as the service evolves and plays a greater role in their hospital journey.”
The Juiced Box has been developed by Brisbane based tech company AginicX, with cloud-based support provided by Google.
To date Juiced has touched the lives of over 2,500 patients across Queensland, notching up over 3 million online views and hosting celebrities such as Johnny Depp, Prince Charles and Camilla and Chris Hemsworth.