The Children’s Ward is a 24 bed inpatient unit that caters for children newborn to 18 years old. In the 2012/2013 financial year we had 7327 children admitted to the ward.
Specialties cared for include orthopaedics; plastic surgery; ear, nose & throat and general paediatric surgery. In the Children’s Ward we often care for children with asthma, other respiratory (breathing) illnesses such as bronchiolitis and gastroenteritis.
Children's Ward also includes the Paediatric Day Stay Unit for children admitted for day surgery, and the Paediatric Observational Unit for children needing observation (but not a longer stay) before being able to go home.
There are daily (or more frequent if required) reviews by medical staff, and onsite paediatric medical staff at all times. Children on the ward can also access allied health services such as dietetics, physiotherapy, speech pathology, and social work as needed.
Visiting hours for family and friends is from 9am – 8pm
Parents are able to be with their child at all times while their child is in the Children’s Ward
Due to limited space we can encourage only one parent to stay overnight
The number of visitors at any one time should be limited to two to three people. An adult must supervise children visiting at all times. The ward playroom is for the use of patients.
Bottles and formula
Hairbrush or comb
Favourite toy, books, colouring books and pencils
Radios or hand held computer game should be clearly labelled with your child’s name. It is your responsibility to look after these items.
This room is for the use of patients and is available 24 hours a day; it provides tea and coffee facilities. A toaster is provided from 8am to 10am each day during the breakfast period.
Parents may bring their own food from home and store it in the parent’s room fridge. Please label food with your name. Hot meals may be purchased from the cafe on the ground floor.
A fold out chair is available beside most beds in the ward. It is requested that parents fold up the chairs each morning and store the linen in the wardrobe for use during your stay.
It is suggested that is you bring a sleeping bag or blanket from home as we have a limited supply of blankets.
A public pay phone is available on the ward near the Parent’s room.
Messages will only be taken and given to parents.
Mobile phones may be used on the ward.
If during your stay you experience any difficulties, or need further information do not hesitate to speak with the nurse in charge of the shift and we will endeavour to assist you as much as we can.
Phone: (03) 8345 1833