Sunday, 29 April 2018
A major public education campaign has been launched so WA families know when Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) closes and the Perth Children's Hospital (PCH) emergency department opens.
The 'Big News 4 Kids' nine-week campaign across television, radio, digital and billboards provides potentially life-saving information about where children should go in the event of a medical emergency. The campaign also features in the first stage of the PCH website.
On Sunday June 10 at 7am, the doors at PMH close and sick children who need emergency treatment must attend PCH.
The staged opening of PCH will begin on Monday May 14 when it welcomes its first outpatients. Two weeks later surgery starts in the operating theatres and - along with the final patient move from PMH - the emergency department opens on Sunday June 10.
Read more in the media statement from the Premier and the Health Minister. Key points:
8 April 2018
Perth Children's Hospital (PCH) is set to receive its first patients, through outpatient appointments, from Monday May 14, 2018.
Premier Mark McGowan and Health Minister Roger Cook today confirmed the staged opening timeline during a community tour at PCH.
Key points from the Premier and Health Minister’s statement – which can be read in full at the WA Government website – include:
The staged opening will run over four weeks with the first outpatient clinics on Monday, May 14 followed two weeks later by the commencement of elective surgery on Monday, May 28.
The final move day for all remaining patients at Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) is due to take place on Sunday, June 10 - when the PCH emergency department opens. Patients from the Bentley Adolescent Unit are also due to arrive at PCH within a week of final move day.
More than 1,700 Western Australians, many of them families, have taken the opportunity to go behind the scenes at PCH today and enjoy a free guided tour of the state-of the-art hospital.
Premier Mark McGowan (left) and Health Minister Roger Cook at PCH
27 March 2018
Health Minister Roger Cook announced today that water at Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH) is safe to drink and has met Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.
The Minister says the Western Australian public can be assured of PCH's water quality after the Chief Health Officer signed off the hospital’s potable (drinking) water supply as safe to drink.
Key points from the Minister's statement include:
A community open day with free public tours of PCH will be held on Sunday, April 8 between 9am and 3pm.
Tickets will be available from tomorrow morning (Wednesday 28 March, from 9am) via EventBrite. Follow this link or search for "Perth Children's Hospital" at www.eventbrite.com.au.
“Tickets are strictly limited as our focus must remain on completing final hospital commissioning activities, but this will be a great opportunity to see inside the impressive facility, built for our kids and now so close to opening,” Health Minister Roger Cook said in a statement.
Click here to catch up on the latest news and information as we progress towards the relocation of Princess Margaret Hospital to Perth Children’s Hospital.
The Minister for Health, Hon Roger Cook, has announced a new timeframe for the opening of Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH).
View the statement on the WA Government website.
Read about a new study starting at PMH that will measure the impact of moving to PCH on patients, families and nurses and check out the photos from recent visits to PCH by Department of Fire and Emergency Services district officers and HeartKids volunteers from as far away as Esperance, Hedland and Bunbury.
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At the request of the Deputy Premier and Minister for Health, Hon Roger Cook, the Chief Health Officer, Professor Tarun Weeramanthri, conducted a review of the strategies used to remediate the high lead levels present in the water supply at the Perth Children’s Hospital.
The conclusions of this independent review, along with its recommendations, are contained in this report.
In this edition of the Perth Children's Hospital update we get a taste of how new technology will change the way PCH staff will serve up to 600 meals a day and head up to the hospital's helipad for a clinical scenario test that looked at maintaining patient safety during transfers between emergency services.
Read about PCH's state-of-the-art services and facilities taking centre stage during a recent major trauma scenario involving staff from multiple teams and agencies in this month's Perth Children's Hospital update.
The State Government has released an update on the water quality issues at Perth Children's Hospital.
View the statement online.
Welcome to the eighth edition of the Perth Children's Hospital update.
In this issue, we look at the latest emergency-type tests that have been conducted at PCH to ensure we are ready for any situation that may arise when the hospital is open, including a helicopter land and unload, fire evacuation and power failure. We also meet the new volunteers who will help visitors to PCH find their way around the hospital.
The Building Commission has issued a report addressing issues identified during the building process. It can be accessed here, https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/building-commission/audit-yuanda-building-products
Media Statement 'State Government takes control of Perth Children's Hospital'
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The State Government has granted Practical Completion (PC) of Perth Children's Hospital.
comments in the media about the drinking water at the QEIIMC site, Chief Health
Officer Tarun Weeramanthri issued the following statement to the public on the 27 January.
View the statement from the Chief Health Officer here.
The sixth edition of our external newsletter is now available to read.
Click here to read the latest about Perth Children's Hospital including our new partner for the delivery of play and recreation services in Fun on Four and special design details in the inpatient wards.
Perth Children’s Hospital featured on Channel 7’s Today Tonight program on Tuesday, 17 January.
The piece showcased the facilities that will be available to parents and families of our patients, including the parent accommodation, facilities in a standard inpatient room and the Family Resource Centre.
PCH Executive Director Dr Gervase Chaney and PMH Director of Nursing Sue Peter had the opportunity to show these facilities to a current PMH family and patient.
View the video below or on Today Tonight's Facebook page.
Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH) will partner with Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation (external link) to provide a centre of play and recreation for patients, siblings and their families.
The indoor and outdoor recreation area, known as Fun on Four, will offer a range of age-appropriate activity spaces that will be run by Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation.
The area will replace the much loved PMH Megazone and will allow Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation, formerly Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, to continue their tradition of providing support to young patients and their families.
Perth Children's Hospital Foundation CEO Denys Pearce with Child and Adolescent Health Service Chief Executive Frank Daly and PMH patient Alexey Ulupov and his brother Mikhail, in the outdoor area of Fun on Four.
The fifth edition of the Perth Children's Hospital external newsletter is now available to read.
Click here to read the latest from the PCH Project including stories on parent and family accommodation and the Mental Health Ward.
Our state-of-the-art pharmacy automation system was featured on Today Tonight on Thursday 10 November.
Take a look at the technology that will provide a safe, efficient service for our patients at Perth Children's Hospital.
View the video below or on the Today Tonight Facebook page.
Read the latest edition of our community newsletter to see what we've been up to.
Stories in this edition include our new staff uniforms and how you can register to become a volunteer!
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As you may know, asbestos was identified in a sealed roof panel on Level 8 (engineering level) at Perth Children’s Hospital a few months ago. The area was immediately sealed off and a strategy for the safe removal was finalised as a matter of urgency.
The Managing Contractor for Perth Children’s Hospital, John Holland, recently advised that all affected ceiling panels have now had all asbestos material removed.
A permanent weather seal has also been applied to each panel, marking the end of the asbestos remediation program that was underway in the building.
Staff at Perth Children’s Hospital will wear brightly coloured and child-friendly uniforms when the hospital opens.
Launched at a mini-fashion show at Princess Margaret Hospital in October, the uniforms complement the distinctive PCH brand and the colours present in the physical building.
The uniforms were designed to be child-friendly while still practical and wearable for our adult staff with each job role taking a colour from the new PCH brand.
Risk Management Coordinator, Sam Campanella modelled the corporate uniform and commented how the bright colours would make a big difference to patients, families and staff.
“Not only is it great for patients but it will also make it easier for staff to identify between job roles and promotes us as a professional and unified team to the community.
“They look great but I am also happy that they are good quality, comfortable and practical for the many types of work we do across the hospital in a typical day.”
PMH Nurse Kim models our new nursing uniform in the sky blue colour
PMH Senior Doctor Kate models uniform in sky blue with grass green trim
Leanne models the medical imaging uniform in grass green
Sam models our corporate uniform in PCH grey
Long serving PMH volunteer Dolores models the new volunteers uniform
Channel 7’s Today Tonight program visited Perth Children's Hospital in September to follow some our staff participating in the PCH induction and orientation program currently underway at the site.
The Today Tonight crew interviewed Child and Adolescent Health Service Chief Executive Professor Frank Daly, PMH Ward 3B Clinical Nurse Manager Liz Darch, Education and Training Project Lead Jodee Eaves and Emergency Management Unit Manager Alli Sojan.
The feature follows staff training in a ward area using new equipment and learning emergency procedures.
You can watch it here.
Above: Premier Colin Barnett and Health Minister John Day with health consumers April Welsh and Miranda Nikolich on site for the announcement.
Premier Colin Barnett and Health Minister John Day toured PCH in June and were joined by health consumers April Welsh (an ex-long term patient of PMH) and Miranda Nikolich (mother of a PMH patient) who enjoyed a first look at the new facilities.
Visiting the hospital for the first time in over a year Miranda, whose son Alex visits Princess Margaret Hospital monthly, commented on the difference the new hospital will make for her family.
“We are looking forward to using the new facilities and all that they have to offer our family but also my son and all the other families that use the facility and will continue to use them in the years to come
“For a child that spends lots of time inside and doesn't get to leave the confines of the hospital when he's here, just having the opportunity to be exposed to colour and vibrancy and windows is really exciting for us.
The PCH Project has already commenced commissioning work in some areas such as intensive care and operating theatres, with the official 20 week clinical commissioning program will including equipment fit out, testing and staff training and orientation.
Throughout March and April 2016, 1400 staff and volunteers from Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) took a tour of Perth Children's Hospital.
Perth Children's Hospital will replace PMH as the state's dedicated children's hospital.
Watch the video below to see what the staff and volunteers thought about their new work environment.
Perth Children’s Hospital featured on Channel 7’s Today Tonight program on Tuesday 19 April.
The segment showcased the world-class PCH theatre complex and included interviews with PMH Deputy Director of Surgery Ian Gollow and PCH Project Lead of Theatre Commissioning Sarah Payne.
Watch the story below or on Today Tonight's Facebook page (external link).
PMH Deputy Director of Surgery Mr Ian Gollow in one of the twelve operating theatres at PCH.
Ahead of the opening of Perth Children’s Hospital, staff from across PMH are getting a first look at the new hospital before the completion of construction.
A program of site tours for staff kicked off in late February, allowing staff to visit the new building as they begin the process of familiarisation in their new workspaces.
More than 700 staff have received a tour so far, with six tours running each weekday every week until mid-April.
Tours are being lead by twenty staff members from a variety of professions across PMH who have been specially trained to take their colleagues on a general route through the building
The tour visits high activity areas and areas of interest including emergency, an inpatient ward, outpatient clinic, pharmacy, recreation area, allied health suite, an office, education centre, auditorium and some services on the ground floor.
Highlights include spectacular views over Kings Park, an orientation to the main atrium and the new and modern clinical and non-clinical facilities.
Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive with the majority of staff saying it has increased their understanding of PCH. Staff have been impressed by the colours, natural light and child friendly design.
Staff will have many more orientation opportunities after the completion of construction when a comprehensive training and orientation program will begin.
Above: On Thursday 31 March, newly appointed Health Minister John Day (centre) took a tour of PCH lead by PMH Dr Angela Alessandri (left). Other PMH staff pictured include Carrie Dunbar, Dr Gervase Chaney, Dr Kate Freeman, Nicki Miglori and Dmitry Skarin.
Take a look inside the $1.2 billion Perth Children's Hospital in the computer-animated simulation below.
The fly-through footage showcases what the hospital will look like inside. You can see the the vast, light filled atrium in the middle of the hospital as well as the Emergency Department.
Click here to see more footage of the hospital including inpatient rooms and operating theatres.
12 January 2016
Perth Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House Perth have partnered to provide new and improved support services for young patients and their families and carers.
The running of the new Family Resource Centre, Aboriginal Resource Lounge named Kulunga Moort Mia (meaning children’s family place) and parent accommodation will be provided by Ronald McDonald House Perth in the new hospital.
The experienced provider will coordinate the accommodation and everyday support that parents and carers may need while accompanying PCH patients on their hospital journey.
The Family Resource Centre and Kulunga Moort Mia are located close to the main entrance to provide all families easy access to great support services.
The parent accommodation facility is located on Level 5 and includes 12 parent rooms with bathroom ensuites, a communal lounge, kitchen and dining room. It will be available to parents and carers in an unplanned or emergency situation, including those arriving via the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Ronald McDonald House Perth CEO Peter King and A/Director of Nursing Sue Peter in one of the parent accommodation rooms.