Review of Starship: Inside Our National Children’s Hospital – Edited by Dr Lochie Teague

Posted: March 25, 2014 in nonfiction, Review


Starship is the first purpose-built children’s hospital in New Zealand and combines all the specialised treatments and complex care a sick child may need.  Situated in Auckland, around 75% of its patients are from other parts of New Zealand and train most of New Zealand’s paediatricians and other staff in specialist paediatric healthcare.  This book details the struggles to get funding to build it, and the negative attitudes the board struggled against.  Each department is described and what they do, and all the services Starship provides are explained.

Starship has always been there, as far as I was aware, never having family or friends that used it. I was really surprised to hear of the battles to get it built and how public support for it wasn’t there.  Times have definitely changed and it was awesome to read of what support is available for families, like volunteer grandparents.  I didn’t realise there were so many different departments covering so many fields.   The personal stories of Starship patients were tough to read at times but inspiring, showing the resilient spirit of people.

I’m really glad this book was written, it’s a great look at behind-the-scenes of how the hospital was born and life there now.

Random House New Zealand

Supplied by Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Jan

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