Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
Adolescent Ward

Adolescent Ward

Adolescent Ward is an 18 bed ward that delivers developmentally appropriate inpatient care and treatment to young people aged between 12 and 18 years with acute and chronic health issues. The multidisciplinary team provide physical care, treatment, emotional support, advocacy and education.

Adolescent Ward works closely with Adolescent Medicine and the Department of General Medicine in providing specialist management to patients with eating disorders.

Adolescent Ward has a team of permanent and temporary nursing staff and offers placements to graduate nurses and nursing students.

Caring for your Child

Room allocation is based on medical need therefore; you may be allocated to a shared room. We make every effort to accommodate your room preferences where possible.

Information for Families

Visiting Hours

Parents and Guardians may visit the ward at any time unless otherwise agreed by the treatment team.

All other visitors may visit between 9am – 8:30pm.

One parent is permitted to stay overnight only. Some rooms are equipped with a parent bed. There are a number of fold-out beds and recliners available for parents to use.


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Parent Facilities

The 'Parents Retreat' is located just outside Adolescent Ward and provides tea, coffee and other amenities. Please ask a member of staff for directions and the code to access the Parents Retreat.

What to bring

  • Pyjamas, underwear and spare clothing
  • Toiletries
  • School work
  • Personal items e.g. laptop, iPad, books, craft etc.

Each room provides a safe to lock up valuables. Please do not leave your valuables unattended. The hospital does not take responsibility for the theft or loss of valuables.


PDF iconEating Disorders Service – Information for Patients and Families
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Contact details

Unit Heads

Nurse Unit Manager – Elizabeth Challis

Medical Unit Head – Jemma Anderson


First Floor, Zone C

Mailing address

Adolescent Ward
Women's and Children's Hospital
72 King William Road
North Adelaide
South Australia 5006


Ph: (08) 8161 7378

Fax: (08) 8161 6027

last modified: 31 Mar 2020