The Perth Children’s Hospital has today revealed new accommodation aimed at allowing parents to stay with their sick children while they receive treatment.
The accommodation, which opens June 10 and is run by Ronald McDonald House, will provide 12 double en suite bedrooms, a private reception area, communal lounges, kitchen and a laundry inside the main hospital.
There are also two “transition suites” equipped with medical gases, which are designed to make the transition home easier for families.
WA Health Minister Roger Cook gave one family a tour of the new suites.
“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,” he says.
“No family want to have to use this facility but if they do, it offers a home away from home to parents and carers in an already stressful situation.
“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 the patients at PCH for many years to come.”
Situated on Level 5 of the hospital, the accommodation will be made available to families and carers from remote or rural areas in an emergency situation, and by parents of extremely sick children.
Clinical staff will be able to refer eligible parents to the facility, with those using the facilities also gaining access to the nearby 47-bed Ronald McDonald House.
Mr Cook, Ronald McDonald House WA chief executive Peter King and PCH Medical Division nursing co-director Sue Peter addressed the media.