- Perth Children's Hospital to treat first patients on Monday May 14, 2018
- Staged opening set with the final move of Princess Margaret Hospital patients on June 10
- Opening timeline announced following the all clear for drinking water at the hospital
- McGowan Government follows through on commitment to fix issues and get the hospital open
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 Perth Children's Hospital.
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.
Confirmation of the PCH opening schedule follows Mr Cook's announcement that the hospital's potable water is safe to drink after meeting Australian Drinking Water Guidelines and being signed off by the Chief Health Officer.
This significant milestone follows the decision the McGowan Labor Government took to accept practical completion of the project, fix the water issues and get the hospital open.
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 this state-of the-art hospital.
The free public tours included a guided walk through the hospital's outpatient clinic, the Fun on Four play area, a patient ward and the hospital atrium.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"Opening the hospital doors to the WA community as part of the public tours today, offers a snapshot of what the facility will offer and gives significant reassurance to children, families and staff that we have one of the safest and most advanced paediatric hospitals.
"This Government has tackled the hospital's water issues head-on. Perth Children's Hospital has passed an extensive and rigorous testing regime, demonstrating our clear commitment to addressing the key issues and getting the hospital ready to open safely.
"This is an exciting time as we get closer to opening this wonderful paediatric facility, and helping our sickest children and their families and carers."
Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:
"Safety has always remained the McGowan Government's highest priority and as Health Minister, I now have full confidence that the hospital will be ready to open for outpatients on Monday, May 14 with the final move of patients from Princess Margaret Hospital on Sunday, June 10.
"Today's announcement represents the culmination of the efforts of many people who have been working tirelessly towards this outcome. I am delighted we have reached this major milestone for the sick kids of WA.
"It is now all systems go, so that we will be able to use this hospital for the reason it was built for - to provide high-quality care and treatment for young Western Australians."
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