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After more than 100 years serving WA’s children and adolescents, in 2008 the State Government announced the building of a new hospital to replace Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH).

The history of WA’s children’s hospital dates back to 1897, when a young girl gave threepence to a Perth businessman and said she would like to donate it to the children’s hospital. In 1909 his fundraising and lobbying efforts made the girl’s wish come true when Perth’s Children’s Hospital opened to the public, later to be named Princess Margaret Hospital for Children. 

From its early days as a 20-bed community hospital, PMH has grown to be one of the leading paediatric care and research facilities in the country.  The hospital has been at the forefront of many medical breakthroughs as well as providing a caring place for families.

PMH has undergone many renovations since the establishment of the first WA children’s hospital over 100 years ago.

Whilst it is adequate for current use, WA's population is rapidly growing and changing and it has been determined that building a new, purpose built children's hospital would better address the community's future paediatric health needs than trying to continue to adapt and renovate on the Princess Margaret Hospital site.

Take a trip down memory lane

Channel 7 Perth's Today Tonight  featured a story on the history and evolution of PMH which aired in November 2014. You can watch it below.

The feature includes interviews with retired PMH nurse Maurine Callard, former Head of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Unit Nerida Dilworth, Medical Director Clinical Governance Alan Duncan, Nurse Researcher Jeanette Robertson and recently retired Executive Director Nursing and Patient Support Services Anne Bourke.

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