Giant aquarium to be crane lifted into new children’s ward
Feb 22, 2016
- $14.7 million paediatric unit at Joondalup Health Campus on track to open mid 2016
- Tropical fish tank being installed tomorrow
Construction of a new paediatric unit at Joondalup Health Campus is on track and expected to open mid-2016 with a giant tropical aquarium due to be crane lifted into the ward tomorrow.
Joondalup Health Campus CEO Kempton Cowan said the 37-bed Telethon Children’s Ward, which is costing close to $15 million, is rapidly taking shape with a sample patient room also due to be fitted out within the next month.
“Our vision for a modern, spacious, purpose-built area that suits the needs of children is coming to life and the next step is the installation of a fantastic aquarium supplied by a local northern suburbs company,” he said.
The giant 3.5m long by 1.5 metres high fish tank is due to be lifted by crane into the ward within weeks and filled with variety of fresh water tropical fish by the end of April.
Mr Cowan said this would be one of many features designed to make the hospital experience a kinder one for kids.
“Being in hospital can be overwhelming for children so we are designing the ward to ensure our sick kids are both entertained and distracted during their stay,” he said.
Other special features planned for the ward include:
- 3D interactive technology for children undergoing painful procedures
- Recreation room with interactive play floors
- Rooftop play area
Mr Cowan said children living in the northern suburbs would benefit from improved and expanded paediatric services closer to home.
“We are transforming the current 24 bed unit into a world-class large 37 bed purpose built facility which will allow more children with complex illnesses to be treated closer to home,” he said.
The new ward is being funded by a combination of state government funding ($5.7 million), a Telethon grant ($6 million) and a contribution from Ramsay Health Care ($3 million).