WCH redevelopment projects
Cassia Ward is a new ward at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital for children with chronic illnesses.
The 20-bed ward includes 14 private single rooms and two isolation rooms for patients at risk of transmitting infections.
The ward has a dedicated playroom with a Smartboard, which can be used for the patients’ education and entertainment, and a family care room for long-stay and palliative patients.
There are also desks in each room so patients can keep up with their homework and schooling or do crafts. Children with chronic illnesses are often in hospital for a long time, and the ward provides for both their clinical needs and their comfort.
The ward also features a bright and colourful pain distraction room to help divert patient' attention during painful or uncomfortable procedures.
Cassia Ward has been made possible with $5.4m State Government funding, $22,000 from the Quilters Guild and $4,700 from the Risdon Hotel Group.
The ward was opened in November 2012.
A $1.7 million refurbishment of Adolescent Ward was opened in August 2012. The refurbished ‘Variety Adolescent Ward’ now boasts, among its features, six private rooms including ensuites, state of the art internet connectivity, a dedicated parents’ room and improved and enhanced facilities.
The ward was upgraded thanks to a partnership between the WCH Foundation and Variety SA, which contributed $1 million.
The Sacred Space
The Sacred Space was opened in August 2012. It is a place on the Hospital site, where families and staff can go for reflection, meditation, contemplation and prayer, regardless of religious beliefs.
Comprising a beautifully lit indoor space and an outside garden area, The Sacred Space is located in the Good Friday Building on the hospital street level, opposite the Play Deck. The Sacred Space replaced the hospital chapel.
The Sacred Space is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The development of The Sacred Space was supported by the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation, with support from the Woolworths Fresh Food Kids Hospital Appeal.
The Gilbert Building Redevelopment Project has now been completed.
The Michael Rice Centre for Haematology and Oncology, and the Breathing Space and Allan Scott Laboratory, were opened on Thursday 12 April 2012 by the Federal Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek and the former South Australian Minister for Health and Ageing John Hill. The Gilbert Building Redevelopment Project involved the construction of three new floors on top of the existing Gilbert Building.
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Rose Ward, for babies and infants under 12 months, has been redeveloped.
Funded through two Woolworths Fresh Food Kids Appeals, the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation and the State Government, the redeveloped Rose Ward improves the capacity of staff to deliver excellence in medical care. The ward is now a modern, colourful, bright, and comfortable place for patients’ families.
Key features of the $1.1 million redevelopment include:
The redevelopment was officially opened on 10 May 2010.
A $1.6m refurbishment has improved the clinical and physical environment of the Hospital’s Newland and Fourth Floor Medical wards.
Officially opened in 2009, the building works in Newland ward included the refurbishment of all ensuites and bathrooms, a redesign of the drug room, and an upgrade of the nurses’ station. All surfaces were replaced with new paint or vinyl and new fire sprinklers and fire doors were installed throughout the ward.
The Fourth Floor Medical ward refurbishment included significant ensuite and bathroom improvements, the installation of a new hydraulic bath for disabled children, new and brighter floor coverings, child-friendly privacy curtains, modern patient bed-side lockers and re-painting of the entire ward.
During the refurbishment, the Sam Roberts Family Unit was developed, a facility designed to offer a private space for patients and families of terminally ill children. The unit was funded by the Sam Roberts Family Fund, a community supporter of the WCH Foundation.
The refurbishment of each ward was made possible with contributions from the State Government, charitable organisations and private donations.
The wards were refurbished through $1m funding from the McGuinness McDermott Foundation, $65,000 from the Australian Professional Firefighters Charity Foundation, the Roberts family provided $28,500 and $506,500 was contributed from the State Government.
In 2009, two pain distraction therapy rooms were installed in the Hospital’s Paediatric Emergency Department.
The treatment rooms provide sensory stimulation to children through bright colours, sounds and images and are designed to distract them from the pain and anxiety of being ill or injured.
The rooms feature: brightly coloured murals on the walls and ceilings, LCD screens to play games and DVDs, and surround sound speakers for multi-media use. In addition, all medical equipment is hidden out of patient view.
The $120,000 fit-out was made possible thanks to a partnership between the WCH Foundation and Savings & Loans.