Hospital aquarium a child’s delight

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WA Health Minister Kim Hames says a new giant aquarium at Joondalup Health Campus will have a positive impact on children staying at the hospital.

Mr Hames was at Joondalup on Tuesday (23 February) to view construction progress  on the new paediatric ward.

The ward is undergoing a major expansion, with the previous 24-bed facility being transformed into a modern 37-bed space to accommodate growing demand.

Minister Hames was on hand to witness the installation of the aquarium, which measures 3.5 metres long and 1.5 metres high. He said it was one of many special features in the new ward.

“This giant fish tank will be located at the heart of the facility to entertain and delight unwell children and their siblings,” he said.

The new Telethon Children’s Ward is being built on top of the existing hospital building at a cost of $14.7 million.

It is being jointly funded by Channel 7’s charitable trust Telethon ($6 million), the state government ($5.7 million) and hospital operator Ramsay Health Care ($3 million), which runs the facility.

In addition to the aquarium, the exciting space includes 3D interactive technology for children undergoing painful procedures, a recreation room with interactive play floors and a rooftop play area.

“By improving paediatric services in suburban centres, parents are given more choice in treatment options and medical attention for their child…,” the Minister said.

“It means that the new Perth Children’s Hospital can treat the most complex cases and the outer metropolitan hospitals can support them through expanded services.”

The ward is expected to open in mid-2016.

Fact File

  • Joondalup Health Campus is the biggest hospital in Perth’s northern corridor with 664 beds
  • Construction of the new paediatric ward started in May 2015
  • In 2014-15, more than 23,000 children presented at the hospital’s emergency department
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