Traffic bumper to bumper in the children’s day surgery unit at Fleurimont and Hôtel-Dieu hospitals

By Matthew McCully

Police may need to patrol the pediatric unit at Fleurimont and Hôtel-Dieu hospitals to keep speeding to a minimum now that a mini BMW 18 and an M4 convertible are racing down the halls. Since last year, young patients from the pediatric unit at Fleurimont Hospital have been able to drive themselves to the operating room in an Audi R8 and Volkswagen Beetle. This year, the BMW dealership in Sherbrooke has added two new cars to the fleet. Children in the day surgery units at Hôpital Fleurimont and Hôtel-Dieu de Sherbrooke will now be able to drive a BMW I8 roadster and an M4 convertible. The minicars have a considerable positive effect on young users. The distraction of driving the car and keeping their eyes on the road (or the hallway) helps reduces the stress level of the children. The Mini cars make the hospital experience more positive for children, who, as seen in the past year, are more relaxed when they wake up after surgery. See full story in the Thursday, Dec. 12 edition of The Record.

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