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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.

Medical Day Unit / Ngartu-itya kangkawardli

The Medical Day Unit (MDU) cares for children with a variety of medical conditions, and is co-located with the Renal Dialysis Unit (RDU).

The Medical Day Unit is an inpatient and outpatient Unit of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Its co-location with the Renal Dialysis Unit helps to ensure availability of nursing staff with specialised skills, and and allows sharing of flexible treatment spaces, including a negative pressure room for infection control.

The Kaurna name for the Medical Day Unit is Ngartu-itya kangkawardli, which means "Caring for Children".

The Medical Day Unit provides care for children and youth in the form of medical and diagnostic interventions and treatments, including:

  • intravenous (IV) medications
  • blood product administration
  • oral food challenges for allergies
  • treatments or procedures with or without sedation
  • patient teaching and education
  • injection therapies

How to access this service

Written referrals are required. The referral may be from your general paediatrician or other specialist who has admitting rights to the Women's and Children's Hospital.


This unit provides a service Monday – Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm.


Level 4, Zone C

Visiting hours

Parents, care givers and grandparents may visit at any time between 8:00am and 4:30pm, following SA Health regulations.

Further information

Parents and caregivers

One parent/caregiver is welcome to stay for the duration of treatment. Under special arrangements more than one parent/ caregiver can accompany a child.

Accommodation is available at nearby hotels or motels.

For safety reasons do not bring hot drinks or hot food into the ward.

The Hospital does not take responsibility for theft or loss of valuables. Please do not leave your valuables unattended.

If a child attends MDU for medication administration only, there will be a charge for the medications given on the day.

Nursing and medical staff

There are skilled and caring nurses and medical staff who work on the ward to look after your child, and they will introduce themselves on presentation.

Please present to the Medical day Unit administration office at the entrance of MDU.


The hospital provides nutritious meals for children. Meals and snacks for parents and caregivers are available from the cafés or shops within the hospital. MDU provides some basic snacks, sandwiches and juices for children's lunches. Families are welcome to bring a lunch box from home.

The hospital provides a range of infant formulas. As we cannot provide every formula that is available, you may need to supply a tin of your baby's preferred formula.

Our play coordinator will help your child to relax and have fun during their stay.

Televisions are provided in patient areas for all children.

Car parking is available on or near the hospital grounds.


Unit Heads

  • Nurse Unit Manager – Kirsten Michels


(08) 8161 7343


(08) 8161 6669

Mailing Address

Medical Day Unit
Women's and Children's Hospital
72 King William Road
North Adelaide
South Australia 5006