Families in Perth’s northern suburbs will soon have access to improved paediatric services, but that’s not the only good news for young patients.
Joondalup Health Campus’ (JHC) colourful new Telethon Children’s Ward will increase from 24 beds to 37 beds by mid-2016.
The exciting project will include a recreation room featuring a large acquarium, touch-reactive play floors and a rooftop play area.
Health Minister Kim Hames said the new facility will add colour to JHC’s paediatric health services.
“This whole project is an excellent example of what can be achieved with a shared vision to make child health care the best it can be,” the Minister said.
The new ward is being built on top of the existing hospital building at a cost of $14.7 million.
The project is part of the hospital’s plans to diversify medical treatment options for children.
It is being jointly funded by Channel 7’s charitable trust Telethon ($6m), the State Government ($5.7m) and Ramsay Health Care ($3m), the latter of which owns and operates JHC.
Minister Hames said the extra beds and modern amenities at the facility will be important for residents in the surrounding areas.
“By improving paediatric services in suburban centres, parents are given more choice in treatment options and medical attention for their child,” he said.
JHC head of paediatrics Desiree Silva said the improved services will enable the facility to treat more patients.
“The improved and expanded ward will mean Joondalup Health Campus can treat significantly more children, with more complex health needs, and in a more comfortable environment,” she said.
Construction on the ward began earlier this year.