The staged opening of Perth Children's Hospital (PCH) will take place over four weeks from 14 May 2018 as services transfer from Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) to the new hospital.
Key dates when different services will commence at PCH in 2018 include:
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When Perth Children's Hospital is open, services from PMH will be transitioned to the new hospital and PMH will be decommissioned.
The PMH land is owned by the State and a decision about its future use will be made in the coming years.
Due to its cultural importance, there is one building that is a protected heritage site and this will be retained. Princess Margaret Hospital is currently zoned by the City of Subiaco for medical use. Any future use would be subject to rezoning approval by the City of Subiaco.
Perth Children's Hospital. It was chosen as it was the original name of WA’s children’s hospital when it first opened in 1909, before being renamed Princess Margaret Hospital in 1949.
The name acknowledges the hospital’s heritage and the capital city of one of the most innovative and progressive states in Australia.
The new hospital will have capacity for 298 beds, an increase of 48 on the current numbers at PMH. This includes six beds being relocated from the Bentley Adolescent Unit. This is in line with theWA Health Clinical Services Framework 2010-2020 which highlights the move towards care closer to home, for example suburban hospitals.
By the time the new hospital opens, there will be more paediatric services across the metropolitan area, such as at Fiona Stanley Hospital, Midland Public Hospital and Joondalup Health Campus.
We have met with a range of groups to ask their opinions on what should be included in the new hospital and how services are best delivered to meet their needs.
Consultation meetings with various stakeholder groups including patients, parents and carers, Aboriginal groups, non-government organisations, disability groups and staff, have been held since 2009.
PMH has long and healthy relationships with a number of non government organisations. We have met with all the on-site NGOs, including PMH Foundation and Ronald McDonald House to discuss their needs in the new hospital and they will continue to be involved as planning for the new hospital progresses.
By the time the Perth Children's Hospital opens, there will be 5183 parking bays across the QEII site for staff patients and visitors.
Parking on the QEII site is managed by Capella/Wilsons and more information can be found here.
Perth Children’s Hospital will have a recreation space on level four similar to the Megazone at PMH.
Called "Fun on Four", the recreation area at PCH will be larger than Megazone and will feature play, entertainment and therapy spaces including three designated areas for consultation.
Indoor and outdoor areas have been incorporated in the design including a soft-fall game area, climbing wall, basketball ring, talking tubes, terraced area for an outdoor cinema and performances, sensory wall and a soft-fall covered car-like structure for patients and visitors to play in.
An AGV is a computer-controlled mobile robot used to move specialised trolleys of bulk goods around a facility. AGV’s will be used at PCH for the efficient delivery of goods and services around the hospital.
What services will AGV’s be used for at PCH?