- Premier Mark McGowan and Health Minister Roger Cook have today officially opened Perth Children's Hospital
- First patients to be treated on Monday, May 14 in a staged opening of the state-of-the-art hospital
- Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) will close and the Perth Children's Hospital emergency department will open on Sunday June 10 at 7am
The McGowan Government has today officially opened Perth Children's Hospital, signalling in a new era in paediatric health care in Western Australia.
The $1.2 billion Perth Children's Hospital project is one of the largest health projects ever undertaken in WA.
It will be the State's only specialist paediatric hospital and major trauma centre, providing first-class medical care to the children of WA.
The staged opening of Perth Children's Hospital will begin on Monday, May 14 when it welcomes its first outpatients. Two weeks later, surgery begins in the operating theatres and along with the final patient move from PMH, the emergency department opens on Sunday June 10 at 7am.
The 298-bed hospital will have expanded clinical, research and education facilities, and has been purpose-built to improve the hospital experience of patients, parents, siblings and carers. It will provide an unparalleled level of care for the sick children of Western Australia and embrace advancements in modern medical technology.
Along with clinical excellence, the hospital also provides an environment that fosters healing. Inpatient rooms provide space for parents to stay overnight with their children. The hospital has a range of indoor and outdoor play spaces, a beanbag cinema, family resource area, and improved parent and carer support facilities.
Upon being elected, the McGowan Government made the brave decision to take practical completion of the delayed and beleaguered Perth Children's Hospital. It has resolutely delivered on its commitment to fix the problems and get this hospital open to treat the sick children of Western Australia.
The official opening was held in the hospital's spectacular atrium in front of 300 people, including staff representatives, patients, families and other community stakeholders. The event was also live streamed so all staff could celebrate seeing this important project coming to fruition.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"Today is a historic day, when we deliver a deeply significant project to the people of Western Australia.
"On Monday, when this hospital accepts its first young patients, we will begin a new chapter here at Perth Children's Hospital and one which will result in better health care and facilities for our sickest kids.
"This modern state-of-the-art facility will make it easier for doctors, nurses and other health professionals to deliver better health care.
"This hospital has been built for all WA families and is owned by the people of WA.
"We have worked hard to get here. The community and staff are ready to move to this impressive new facility which will bring real benefits to our State's children and their families."
Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:
"The opening of Perth Children's Hospital will change the lives of many families, now and into the future.
"The facilities and technologies here at this hospital are first-class, and the treatment and care that patients will receive here will be second to none.
"Throughout this project, our first priorities have always remained patient safety and the delivery of the highest standards of clinical care.
"Today represents the culmination of the tireless work of many to get this hospital ready to open, and we can all be proud of this impressive facility which will accept its first patients on Monday."
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