Parents and families will be able to stay nearby their sick children admitted to Perth Children’s Children through new hospital accommodation for the families of sick children.
The hospital will offer the accommodation to ensure families are close by to their children when they are patients in the hospital.
“The McGowan Government is committed to supporting services that directly assist families who experience emergency and unexpected medical situations,” health minister Roger Cook said.
The Western Australian first will provide 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.
It will function similar to a Medihotel, equipped to assist patients transition from hospital to home with two suites equipped with medical gases.
The accommodation will be available to parents and families of extremely sick children, who want to remain close to their child but are unable to sleep in the same room.
Families and carers that arrive from rural and remote areas in an emergency situation will also be able to make use of the accommodation.
“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, if 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.”
Staff will be able to refer parents to the facility which will be managed by Ronald McDonald House.
Currently, Ronald McDonald House houses planned admissions in its 47-bed facility at Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre. The patient accommodation will be an extension of the
“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.”
Ronald McDonald House CEO Peter King said teaming up with the hospital was a remarkable achievement.
“We’re really proud to be associated in partnership with Perth Children’s Hospital to run the parent accommodation facility,” Mr King said.
“This is what we do, not only in Australia but around the globe and we’re looking forward to providing a world class service in this new facility.