New Children's Hospital

History of PMH and a little bit about the new hospital

The history of WA's children's hospital dates back to 1897, when a young girl gave threepence to a Perth businessman and said she would like to donate it to the children's hospital. In 1909 his fundraising and lobbying efforts made the girl's wish come true when Perth's Children's Hospital opened to the public, later to be named Princess Margaret Hospital for Children (PMH). 

From its early days as a 20-bed community hospital, PMH has grown to be one of the leading paediatric care and research facilities in the country.  The hospital has been at the forefront of many medical breakthroughs as well as providing a caring place for families. 

PMH has undergone many renovations since the establishment of the first WA children's hospital over 100 years ago.

Whilst it is adequate for current use, WA's population is rapidly growing and changing and it has been determined that building a new, purpose built children's hospital would better address the community's future paediatric health needs than trying to continue to adapt and renovate on the Princess Margaret Hospital site.

After more than 100 years serving WA's children and adolescents, in 2008 the State Government announced the building of a new hospital to replace PMH.

The $1.2 billion new children's hospital will be built on the QEII Medical Centre site in the Perth suburb of Nedlands and  will replace Princess Margaret Hospital for Children in Subiaco.    

Construction of the new hospital started in January 2012 is due for completion in 2015.

The new hospital will provide tertiary level paediatric health services and key secondary health services including inpatient and outpatient care and ambulatory care services.    

The hospital will have:

  • 75% single rooms; 25% two-bed rooms
  • Increased outpatient and day-stay capacity
  • Integrated research and education facility
  • Increased family facilities including bedside accommodation and family resource lounges
  • Increased operating theatre capacity - increase from six to 11
  • 274 beds
  • A high dependency unit for high risk patients which will be located alongside the intensive care unit
  • More capacity for new technology, such as intra-operative MRI
  • Increased beds and secure facilities for patients with mental health disorders
  • 24 hour access to onsite paediatric pathology service
  • Increased neonatal intensive care beds
  • Increased retail space
  • Increased staff amenities eg. Bike racks, showers, better access to facilities
  • A family resource centre