Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Mental Health

    Historic day as Perth Children’s Hospital welcomes first patients

    14/05/2018 9:30 AM
    • Perth Children's Hospital is open for business
    • Outpatient clinics begin a staged opening of the hospital, to be followed by the new emergency department on Sunday June 10
    • Children to benefit from world-class technology including advanced medical imaging suite 

    Western Australian families have today attended the first-ever appointments at Perth Children's Hospital, marking a major milestone for paediatric healthcare in the State.


    Health Minister Roger Cook welcomed the first patients this morning (May 14) as they arrived for ophthalmology consultations.


    The inaugural outpatient clinics signal the start of a staged opening for Perth Children's Hospital, with the full transfer of services and patients from Princess Margaret Hospital taking place over the next four weeks.


    Also up and running from today is the hospital's cutting-edge medical imaging suite, making children's diagnostic scans safer, faster, more effective and more accessible than ever before.


    Perth Children's Hospital has the latest high-resolution technology, including Western Australia's only intraoperative iMRI. This can provide 3D images of patients while they are in theatre undergoing surgery.


    The child-friendly medical imaging department also features colourful wall murals and entertainment projectors to help young patients relax. It is conveniently located on the ground floor with a private entry from the adjacent emergency department.


    Families are reminded to check their appointment letters during the staged opening of Perth Children's Hospital to ensure they attend the correct hospital. Emergency cases should be taken to Princess Margaret Hospital until 7am on Sunday June 10, when the new emergency department at Perth Children's Hospital opens.


    Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:


    "This is a historic day for the Western Australian community, as our children and families benefit from the world-class care delivered at this fantastic hospital.


    "The McGowan Government was committed to opening Perth Children's Hospital safely and to the highest standards. Today, we have delivered on this commitment.


    "The start of outpatient services today marks a major milestone in one of our State's biggest health infrastructure projects.


    "As the staged opening of Perth Children's Hospital progresses over the next four weeks, Western Australian families will experience a new era of healthcare with world-leading technology, patient focused design and exemplary clinical care."


    Minister's office - 6552 6500