Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Former Minister for Health; Tourism

    New view of Perth Children’s Hospital

    7/02/2016 9:00 AM
    • Fly-through footage offers detailed view inside the new children's hospital
    • The advanced 3D model is being used to design patient services and to prepare for the transition to the new building later this year 

    West Australians have been given a sneak peek inside the $1.2 billion Perth Children's Hospital (PCH) through new 3D vision released today by Health Minister Kim Hames.


    The animated fly-through footage of the hospital, currently under construction at the QEII medical site in Nedlands, will be used to familiarise staff with the inside of the hospital before it opens its doors to the public later this year.


    The realistic computer-generated footage was developed using a building information modelling system used to manage the high volume of complex information during the design, construction and commissioning of PCH.


    Dr Hames said that use of the modelling system, in the construction of the PCH building and the training of staff, was a leading-edge approach and highlighted the hospital's design features.


    "We are leading the country with the use of this model, which not only guides construction but also allows for the mapping of patient and staff flows through the hospital," he said.


    The Minister said the use of the system was one of a number of programs under way to prepare for the move to the new hospital.


    "The staff and high quality of care we all know from Princess Margaret Hospital will continue to be the backbone of the patient care provided at PCH," he said.


    "This model is helping them prepare for their new work environment and gives us the opportunity to visually share with the public the building, which is the result of years of extensive consultation with patients, families and staff.


    The fly-throughs showcase many areas of the hospital, including the emergency department, patient ward areas, the operating theatres and clinical rooms.


    "Commissioning a specialist paediatric facility is an incredibly complex task.  A lot of preparation has to go in to installing ICT systems and bringing new technology, communications equipment, patient flows and staff interaction to life.  PCH has been designed with plenty of light, colour, form and interactive spaces to help therapy and recovery.  If you feel better, you heal better," Dr Hames said.


    Fact File

    • $1.2 billion Perth Children's Hospital is one of the largest and most complex infrastructure projects ever undertaken by the State Government
    • When it opens later this year, Perth Children's Hospital will be one of six offering dedicated paediatric services: Fiona Stanley Hospital, St John of God Midland Public Hospital, Joondalup Health Campus, Armadale Kelmscott Memorial Hospital and Rockingham General Hospital 

    Minister's office - 6552 5300