Com­ple­tion date for pae­di­atrics ward looms

Joondalup Weekender - - News -

THE new pae­di­atrics ward at Joon­dalup Health Cam­pus is at a cru­cial point in its de­vel­op­ment with only a few months left to achieve its mid-2016 com­ple­tion tar­get.

One of the main at­trac­tions of its recre­ation room – a size­able aquar­ium – was lifted by crane into the $15 mil­lion build­ing on Tues­day.

The ward will also in­clude 3D in­ter­ac­tive tech­nol­ogy for chil­dren un­der­go­ing painful pro­ce­dures, a rooftop play area and touch-sen­si­tive play floors in the rec space.

It will have 13 more beds than the cur­rent pae­di­atrics unit. A sam­ple pa­tient room will be fit­ted out next month.

The hos­pi­tal treated more than 23,000 chil­dren last year, with the num­ber of pa­tients aged un­der 16 hav­ing grown at an av­er­age of 10 per cent a year since 2007-08.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Kemp­ton Cowan la­belled the 37-bed unit “world-class”.

“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.

WA Health Min­is­ter Kim Hames, who was par­tic­u­larly im­pressed with the “gi­ant fish tank” when he toured the work site on Tues­day, dis­cussed the im­por­tance of bet­ter­ing the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of sub­ur­ban hospi­tals.

“By im­prov­ing pae­di­atric ser­vices in sub­ur­ban cen­tres, par­ents are given more choice in treat­ment op­tions and med­i­cal at­ten­tion for their child, with­out hav­ing to drive to Princess Mar­garet Hos­pi­tal,” he said.


The gi­ant fish tank be­ing lifted by crane into the new pae­di­atrics ward.

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