We're raising the roof to expand services for children
Sep 07, 2015
Joondalup Health Campus is expanding hospital services for children by constructing a new paediatric ward on top of the existing public hospital building.
Children in Perth’s northern suburbs are a step closer to receiving improved and expanded paediatric services closer to home.
Construction on the new Children’s Ward at Joondalup Health Campus (JHC) is now underway, and will see it transform from a 24-bed ward into a light and airy 37-bed purpose built facility.
The new ward will include:
- 19 single bed rooms
- 2 double rooms for children requiring observation
- 1 triple bed room for children requiring observation
- 1 single bed isolation room to assist with controlling infectious diseases
- 10 bed Day Procedure Unit (DPU)
- overnight facilities for parents
- activity areas for children
JHC Head of Paediatrics, Professor Desiree Silva, said it was the first time JHC will have a dedicated paediatric DPU.
“The new facility, including the DPU, will allow a greater number of children to receive care closer to home,” Professor Silva said.
“The improved and expanded ward will mean Joondalup Health Campus can treat significantly more children, with more complex health needs, and in a more comfortable environment.”
The ward will be family-friendly with play areas for children and overnight facilities for parents.
It will have floor to ceiling glass surrounds and each room will be bright and spacious with views.
There will also be a recreation room with a giant aquarium, touch reactive play floors and a rooftop play area.
The new ward, opening mid- 2016, is part of the State Government’s Bigger Picture Health program, and is funded by Telethon ($6m), the State Government ($5.7m) and Ramsay Health Care ($3m).