Giant aquarium to be crane-lifted into new Telethon Children's ward
$14.7m paediatric unit at Joondalup Health Campus on track to open mid-2016
New ward will offer greater capacity for children to be treated locally
A giant aquarium has been installed in the new paediatric ward at Joondalup Health Campus which is on track to open in mid-2016.
Health Minister Kim Hames today viewed construction activities at the new ward and the installation of the aquarium which is expected to have a positive impact on children staying at the hospital.
"The major expansion of the paediatric ward at Joondalup will expand the previous 24-bed facility into a modern and spacious 37-bed purpose-built area to accommodate growing demand," Dr Hames said.
"This giant fish tank will be located at the heart of the facility to entertain and delight unwell children and their siblings."
The tank - which measures 3.5 metres long and 1.5m high - was lifted by crane into the ward. It will be filled with a variety of freshwater tropical fish by the end of April.
Other special features planned for the ward include:
- 3D interactive technology for children undergoing painful procedures
- a recreation room with interactive play floors
- a rooftop play area.
"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," the Minister said.
"It means that the new Perth Children's Hospital can treat the most complex cases and the outer metropolitan hospitals can support them through expanded services."
The new ward has been funded by the State Government ($5.7 million), a Telethon grant ($6 million) and Ramsay Health Care ($3 million).
Joondalup Health Campus is the biggest hospital in Perth's northern corridor with 664 beds
Construction of the new paediatric ward started in May 2015
In 2014-15, more than 23,000 children presented at the hospital's emergency department
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