- Armadale Hospital's neonatal unit has been completed and is ready to treat its first babies
- The new and expanded unit is part of a $1.9 million infrastructure upgrade at Armadale Hospital
Armadale Hospital has officially opened its new $450,000 neonatal unit, which will improve the hospital's ability to provide safe care for acutely ill newborns.
The enhanced obstetric services will enable more mothers to give birth closer to where they live.
The new Level 2A neonatal unit can treat mothers with low to moderate risk pregnancies, and manage babies born from 34 weeks gestation with minimal complications.
The unit has capacity for eight cots, four will be opened initially with the remainder to become operational as clinical demand increases. There is also provision to close off a bay for infection isolation purposes.
Apnoea monitoring, low level oxygen therapy and nasal/oral-gastric feeding for low dependency babies will be available at the new neonatal unit.
Other features include a dedicated parents area and expanded space to enhance privacy and patient confidentiality.
The new unit will have a paediatrician on call 24/7 and boast a range of new equipment including an arterial blood gas machine, jaundice monitor and pulse oximeter, and in addition, have the ability to provide short-term intravenous therapy.
Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:
"Armadale Hospital plays a vital role in Perth's eastern suburbs and is noted for its commitment to the local community. This new neonatal unit enhances the services available and builds on the McGowan Government's commitment to put patients first.
"This new unit means more local mums can have their babies closer to their home and fewer babies will need to be transferred to other hospitals. It improves the quality of care offered to the residents of Perth's south-eastern suburbs."
Comment attributed to Armadale MLA Tony Buti:
"Each year more than 2,000 babies are born in the maternity unit at Armadale Hospital, which has served the local community since 1928. The new and enhanced neonatal unit - more than 90 square metres in size - is a great addition to the hospital."
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