Construction begins on new children's ward

2 April 2015

Construction has started on the new specialist children’s ward at Joondalup Health Campus.

The 37-bed facility, funded by Telethon, the State Government and hospital operator Ramsay Health,  is expected to be completed in the first half of next year.

"The new Telethon children's ward will be a purpose-built facility for the children of Perth's northern corridor,"  Professor of Paediatrics, Dr Desiree Silva, said.

"The ward will be family friendly with play areas for children and overnight facilities for parents. With floor to ceiling glass surround, the ward will feel bright and spacious and every room will have spectacular views over Lake Joondalup or towards the Indian Ocean."

"This new ward will enable more children to be treated at Joondalup Health Campus instead of travelling into the city for treatment," hospital CEO Kempton Cowan said.

"This facility will complement the recently-opened paediatric emergency department that has seen a 56 per cent increase in presentations over the past five years.”

Albert Jacob welcomed the start of construction.

He said that critiics of the capacity of the new children’s hospital in Nedlands were not taking into account facilities being provided in the northern and southern corridors.

 The new Joondalup children's ward includes:

  • 19 beds in single rooms

  • 4 beds in double rooms for patients requiring observation

  • 3 beds in a triple room for patients requiring observation

  • 1 bed isolation room for infectious patients

  • 10 bed day procedure unit

  • Overnight facilities for parents

  • Activity areas for children

  • Administration areas for clinicians.