Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett
Planning For WA’s New Children’s Hospital Begins
Victor P Taffa
Perth will have a new state-of-the-art children’s hospital by 2015 with the Liberal-National Government today announcing the purchase of land, design concepts and consultation with young patients as part of the design concept.
Construction on the new hospital, to be built on the QEII site in Nedlands, is scheduled to start in 2012.
“The $23 Million to be spent in detailed planning works is the first big decision. The State’s new children’s hospital is officially under way.” Premier Colin Barnett said.
“This will allow us to build a hospital to meet the needs and expectations of those who will be using it the most – young patients and staff.”
“We promised to build a leading Paediatric care and research facility under a Public-Private Partnership model and we are moving to ensure construction starts on time.”
The funding will be used to complete all works needed for planning ahead of construction, including land acquisition which would allow future relocation of the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, enabling works, approvals processes and consultation with reference groups.
Health Minister Kim Hames said some of that planning would include consulting with a Youth Advisory Committee which provided a forum for frequent users of the hospital to share stories and thoughts about the planning process.
“We have a unique opportunity to work with children and young people to build a hospital that are not only able to provide the highest quality of clinical care, but also meets the needs of patients to ensure a positive and comfortable stay.” Dr. Hames said.
“Our focus on involving young people and gaining insight into their experiences shows our desire to meeting the needs of future generations.”
Dr. Hames said earlier feedback from young patients suggested outdoor areas for patients, fold-up beds for parents and windows in every room were important.
The new children’s hospital would be sited next to Winthrop Avenue overlooking Kings Park on the QEII site in Nedlands.
It would replace Princess Margaret Hospital in Subiaco, with all clinical services relocating to the new hospital.
The hospital was planned to have 250 beds and house the State’s only Paediatric trauma centre.
The new hospital would provide tertiary and key secondary health services including inpatient, ambulatory and outpatient care.
Two new multi-storey car parks would also be built on site to cater for the increase in traffic. They were scheduled to be built in two stages and be completed by 2013 before the new hospital opened.
The multi-storey car parks would have 3,325 bays under a Public-Private Partnership, increasing the total number of bays on-site by 1,525 to 4,560 bays. These would accommodate priority one users – that is, patients, visitors and some staff such as clinical staff and night shift-workers.
“These additional car parks will ensure patients and visitors have convenient access to medical services.” Dr. Hames said.
Public transport will be increased to the site to alleviate pressure on parking and give staff an economical and reliable transport option to work.