Inpatient wards

Who we are

Our inpatient wards provide care to children and young people with a broad range of medical, surgical and complex specialty conditions. Your child will be admitted when they cannot be cared for in an ambulatory, community or general hospital setting.  

Your child may be admitted through the Emergency Department, as a planned admission or as a direct admission from another hospital or outpatient clinic at PCH.


We have ten inpatient wards:

Accommodation for parents

There are four types of accommodation for PCH patients, families and carers.

Bedside accommodation (all standard inpatient rooms) 

One parent or carer may stay overnight inside their child’s room. Each room on the inpatient wards has a family zone that includes a day bed, bay window with bench seat, bathroom, general power outlet with USB port and a personal safe to lock up valuables. 

Parent Accommodation Facility (Level 5) 

Managed in partnership with Ronald McDonald House (RMH), the Parent Accommodation Facility 5 includes 12 double-bed ensuite rooms. These rooms are for parents of critically unwell and palliative patients, breastfeeding mothers of sick babies, Royal Flying Doctor Service unplanned admissions, parents of transplant patients and those from rural and remote areas. 

Eligibility and restrictions apply. 

Ask the nurse coordinator on your child’s ward for more information.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit parent suites (Level 3)

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) includes five double-bed ensuite rooms for parents of critically unwell babies and postnatal mothers.

Ronald McDonald House

Families who live more than 100 kilometres from PCH may be eligible to stay at Ronald McDonald House. For more information, visit Ronald McDonald House (external link).

Location

Our inpatients wards are located on Levels 1 to 5 and are accessible via the Green Lifts. 

The Surgical Short Stay Unit (SSSU) on Ward 3C is accessible via the pink lifts. Before your child’s procedure, please enter SSSU via the Surgical Admissions entrance (turn left out of the pink lifts). After your child’s procedure, please enter through the Ward 3C entrance (turn right out of the pink lifts).

Public access to the pink lifts is restricted between 9pm and 6am. Between these hours, parents and carers must contact security to request an escort to the ward.

PCH map

Hours

Inpatient wards are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Surgical Short Stay Unit (Ward 3C) opens at 7am on Mondays and operates on a 24 hour basis, Monday to Friday. The ward closes at 1pm on Saturdays and is closed on Sundays.  

Visiting hours

Parents and carers may visit their children on an inpatient ward at any time.

Other visitors are permitted from 7am - 12pm and 2pm - 7.30pm.

Some wards such as Paediatric Critical Care and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit have additional criteria for visitors. Ask nursing staff on the wards for specific details about visiting hours.

All inpatient wards have a family lounge, where parents, carers and immediate family members are welcome to visit and relax. The family lounges have kitchen and dining facilities and bathroom facilities. 

Contact us 

Phone: 6456 2222 (PCH switchboard)