Lighter and brigher, the Perth Children’s Hospital gets a new name and an extra 24 beds in a $35 million expansion. Source: PerthNow
PERTH’S new children’s hospital will have 24 more beds after a $35 million reconfiguration to its floor plan to add the extra room to its surgical ward.
The State Government announced today it had increased beds at the facility from 274 to 298 to meet the revised demand forecast for 2021.
Premier Colin Barnett also announced that the new Nedlands hospital on the QEII site would be named Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH) – the original name of the children’s hospital when it opened in 1909.
The $1.2billion hospital will replace Princess Margaret Hospital in Subiaco and will serve as the hub of WA’s paediatric network for the most complex and critical cases.
“The key clinical and research areas at PCH will be 52 per cent bigger than that at PMH, including an Emergency Department (ED) which will be 88 per cent bigger,” Mr Barnett said.
The Family Resource Centre will be more than three times the size of that in PMH, and three out of four rooms will be single rooms.
“PCH is the centrepiece of the WA child health care system. As a world-class tertiary hospital, it will provide the specialty medical treatment required for the most serious medical cases,” Mr Barnett said.
Health Minister Kim Hames said the expanded capacity at PCH was part of the Government’s program to boost the total number of paediatric beds across the metropolitan area to about 400.
“PCH will be supported by six other public hospitals – Fiona Stanley Hospital, Midland Public Hospital, Joondalup Health Campus, Peel Health Campus, Armadale-Kelmscott Memorial Hospital and Rockingham General Hospital – all with dedicated paediatric beds,” Dr Hames said.