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Acknowledgement
The Women's and Children's Hospital is located on the traditional lands for the Kaurna people, and we respect their spiritual relationship with their Country. We also acknowledge that the Kaurna people are the custodians of the Adelaide region, and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices and names of people who have passed away.

A-Z Services

PED Emergency Extended Care Unit

The PED Emergency Extended Care Unit is an 11-bed ward attached to the Paediatric Emergency Department. Children are admitted from Emergency for a short period of observation and treatment while waiting further consultation or a bed in another ward.

PHDU (Critical Care Medicine)

The Department of Critical Care Medicine is a self-contained facility which provides complex multi-system life support for infants, children, and adolescents, as well as for obstetric women.

PICU (Critical Care Medicine)

The Department of Critical Care Medicine is a self-contained facility which provides complex multi-system life support for infants, children, and adolescents, as well as for obstetric women.

Paediatric Chronic Pain Service

The Paediatric Chronic Pain Service, with a dedicated multi-disciplinary team, provides coordinated outpatient and community management of children and young people with chronic pain.

Paediatric Emergency Department Redevelopment

Our newly upgraded Extended Emergency Care Unit (EECU) is now ready to welcome patients and their families.

Paediatric High Dependency Unit (Critical Care Medicine)

The Department of Critical Care Medicine is a self-contained facility which provides complex multi-system life support for infants, children, and adolescents, as well as for obstetric women.

Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (Critical Care Medicine)

The Department of Critical Care Medicine is a self-contained facility which provides complex multi-system life support for infants, children, and adolescents, as well as for obstetric women.

Paediatric Medicine

The Division of Paediatric Medicine is the largest Women's and Children's Hospital division, and aims to provide high quality health care for children and young people in an environment which meets their needs and the needs of their families.

Paediatric Palliative Care Service (Palliative Care)

Our mission is to provide excellent service to children and families facing life-limiting illness through partnership with families, interdisciplinary team work, and offering holistic care.

Paediatric Rehabilitation

The Paediatric Rehabilitation Department is provides intensive rehabilitation for children/adolescents with an acquired (and often catastrophic) reduction in function due to trauma, illness or medical procedures.

Paediatric Surgery

The WCH Department of Paediatric Surgery is the main referral centre for complex paediatric surgical conditions and provides a service in South Australia which covers the Northern Territory and some regional centres in Victoria and New South Wales.

Paediatric and Reproductive Genetics Unit (Support After Fetal Diagnosis of Abnormality (SAFDA))

Support After Fetal Diagnosis of Abnormality (SAFDA), based at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, offers counselling and resources for families before and after termination of pregnancy due to fetal abnormalities.

Palliative Care

Our mission is to provide excellent service to children and families facing life-limiting illness through partnership with families, interdisciplinary team work, and offering holistic care.

Paying your bill (Accounts)

If you have an enquiry about your account, please contact the department that has issued the account.

Pharmacy

The Hospital Pharmacy is on the ground floor in the Kermode Street Foyer. The Pharmacy can dispense prescriptions for WCH patients.

Physiotherapy – Children

The Physiotherapy service provides high level physiotherapy assessment, advice and management for patients of the Women's and Children's Health Network.

Physiotherapy – Women

Physiotherapists can help women cope with physical changes during their pregnancy and up to three months after the birth of their baby. Advice is provided on back care, pelvic floor exercise, relaxation, skills for labour and postnatal rehabilitation.

Plastic Surgery

The Plastic Surgery Unit helps children with elective and emergency issues, including congenital hand problems, breast surgery, ear reconstruction, vascular malformations, hand and facial trauma, reconstructive surgery, skin lesions and scar management.

Postnatal Midwifery Home Visiting Service

The Postnatal Midwifery Home Visiting Service is offered to women who live within a set boundary from the WCH, when they leave the hospital after their baby is born.

Postnatal Unit

The WCH Postnatal Unit has single and shared rooms for women and their babies. The unit is staffed by midwives who will support you with feeding and caring for your new baby and aid your recovery after birth.

Pregnancy and Health Information

The Women's and Children's Hospital recommends the following web sites for comprehensive information about conception, pregnancy, birth and related health issues.

Premature Babies at the WCH

In Australia, approximately 3000 families each year experience their baby being born before 32 weeks into the pregnancy, and requiring admission to Neonatal Intensive or Special Care nurseries.

Preparing for Adult Services

We use the word "transition" to describe the process of planning and moving on from the WCH to an adult health care team. Transition is a gradual process and your health team may start discussing this with you at around 14 to 16 years of age.

Private and Public Patients (Medicare-Eligible)

One of the important decisions you make when coming into hospital is to decide whether you would like to be treated as a private or public patient.