- Perth Children's Hospital to provide care and support to the families of sick children in the form of a dedicated, purpose-built accommodation facility
- 12 double ensuite bedrooms, a private reception area, communal lounges, kitchen and laundry, all located inside the new hospital
- Medihotel style transition suites to prepare patients and parents for their move home
- Ronald McDonald House to manage the new parent accommodation unit as part of a new innovative partnership
Perth Children's Hospital will accept its first inpatients in a few weeks but it will not just be young people that are accommodated in the new hospital.
In a Western Australian-first, the hospital offers parent accommodation that includes 12 double-bed rooms with ensuite bathrooms, a communal lounge, kitchen and dining facilities, a shared laundry and a quiet room with two computer stations.
Similar to a Medihotel, the accommodation is also equipped to assist patients as they transition from the hospital to home, through the provision of two suites that are equipped with medical gases.
The purpose-built parent accommodation will be available to families and carers that arrive from rural and remote areas in an emergency situation. It will also be used by parents and families of extremely sick children, who want to remain close to their child but are unable to sleep in the same room, for example if a child is in the intensive care unit.
Situated on Level 5 inside the hospital, the facility will be managed by Ronald McDonald House Perth as part of an innovative partnership to provide improved support services for young patients and their families and carers.
Clinical staff will be able to refer eligible parents to the facility, which provides a respite area and home away from home within the hospital but is still close to the wards and the clinical environment.
The existing Ronald McDonald House Perth largely houses planned admissions in its 47-bed facility at the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre adjacent to Perth Children's Hospital. The new parent accommodation at Perth Children's Hospital will be an extension of this facility with particular emphasis on emergency arrivals.
Parents and carers using the facility can also use the facilities and services offered at the nearby Ronald McDonald House, such as meals and support programs.
Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:
"The McGowan Government is committed to supporting services that directly assist families who experience emergency and unexpected medical situations.
"As a father, I know what it's like to arrive at a hospital with a sick child, when that child is a long way from home or extremely ill, it is important we provide quality care and support for families.
"No family wants to have to use this facility but if they do, it offers a home away from home to parents and carers in an already stressful situation - a friendly and functional space, purpose-built to accommodate them within the hospital.
"This partnership with Ronald McDonald House Perth offers a sustainable service delivery model to help achieve the best outcomes for the families and carers of patients at PCH for many years to come."
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