Lismore clown doctors Claudie Frock (Dr Frou Frou) and Helen Quinlan (Dr Sniggles).
Lismore clown doctors Claudie Frock (Dr Frou Frou) and Helen Quinlan (Dr Sniggles). Jerad Williams

Clown doctor set for serious fun

BEING sick in hospital is nothing to clown around about.

But new clown doctor Claudie Frock – or Dr Frou Frou – has found a way to make even the most distraught and ill people laugh.

The Lismore resident has completed her six-month internship as a clown doctor for the Humour Foundation at Lismore Base Hospital and has received the tools to carry on her job – a stethoscope and a rubber chicken.

“We like to mix it up a bit, but we have a few stock-stand-ard routines,” Ms Frock said.

“Laughter is a great way to make people heal.”

Ms Frock studied visual arts at Southern Cross University before taking on her role as art and drama facilitator at disabled association RED Inc in Lismore, and a performer at local organisation Roundabout Productions.

The 37-year-old loves being able to cheer up adults and children in hospital who have not laughed in days, as well as providing support for families and doctors.

“It's about people getting to tell their stories and having a chat,” the ‘funny bones specialist' said.

“Sometimes you do something as gentle as blowing bubbles. The other day a young boy was crying and I sang him a lullaby until he fell asleep.

“We had a golden moment the other day when we met a man who had been run over by a tractor who told us his story. It was a real hero moment.”

Ms Frock and her clown partner, Helen Quinlan, or Dr Sniggles, visit Lismore Base Hospital three Tuesdays a month.



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