New Paediatric Ward Unveiled at Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth

By Petrina Smith
Wednesday, 20 November, 2013

The new paediatric ward and playground at the $2billion Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) in Perth has been unveiled.
The facilities will provide paediatric services from February 2015, as part of the phased opening of the new hospital. Health Minister Kim Hames said FSH would employ a range of staff, including emergency paediatricians, enabling families to access critical care for children south of the river.
“FSH will deliver inpatient and outpatient services for children, with a dedicated 24-bed paediatric ward and five paediatric beds in its day surgery unit,” Dr Hames said. “FSH’s emergency department will feature a separate entrance and treatment area designed specifically for children, which includes 10 acute bays and four short-stay beds in the paediatric area, and two dedicated paediatric bays in the trauma and resuscitation area.
Key features of FSH’s paediatric facilities include a therapy gym, an indoor play area and a parent’s lounge.
Managing contractor, Brookfield Multiplex, and 35 of its subcontractor companies have also donated $450,000 for a new outdoor playground at FSH.  The playground adjoins the paediatric ward in a rooftop garden and will accommodate wheelchairs and hospital beds. Created by Jeavons Landscape Architects of Melbourne, the playground has been designed to encourage exploration, imaginative play and social interaction.  It features colourful gardens, a wall mounted piano, boat, binoculars, stainless steel mirrors and artistic seating.
“I would like to sincerely thank Brookfield Multiplex and all of the sponsors of the outdoor paediatric playground at Fiona Stanley Hospital,” the Minister said.“The playground will provide children receiving medical care at FSH with a reprieve from their treatment, allowing them to immerse themselves in play and engage with other children at the hospital in an outdoor environment.”
Dr Janine Spencer has been appointed as the head of paediatric medicine at FSH. The hospital will open progressively in a four-phased sequence, beginning with the State rehabilitation service in October 2014.

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