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Information for the community – Updated guidelines from 5 August 2021
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.

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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.

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An 11-bed Emergency Extended Care Unit is attached to and run by the Paediatric Emergency Department. Children are admitted to the ward from Emergency for a short period of observation and treatment, while waiting for a specialty consultation, while awaiting a bed in a main ward or for an overnight stay.

Every child admitted overnight is seen by a consultant paediatrician who assesses the child's suitability for discharge.

The ward has two and one bed areas. These are allocated according to the medical condition of your child so, for example, a child with an infectious condition will be isolated in the one bed area. We are only able to accommodate one parent per child overnight due to space limitations. The area has a dedicated parent’s kitchen and associated amenities.

The ward is located on the ground floor of the Hospital, accessible from Kermode Street, Sir Edwin Smith Avenue and Brougham Place.

The team includes nurses, doctors, allied health workers, patient service attendants and clerical staff.


Ground Floor, Reiger Building


Unit Head

Medical Unit Head, Paediatric Emergency
Dr Malcolm Higgins


(08) 8161 7288

Mailing Address

Paediatric Emergency Department
Women's and Children's Hospital
72 King William Road
North Adelaide
South Australia 5006