Frequently asked questions

Facade of PCH from north entryWhen will PCH open?

The staged opening of Perth Children's Hospital (PCH) will take place over four weeks from 14 May 2018 as services transfer from Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) to the new hospital.

Key dates when different services will commence at PCH in 2018 include:

Monday 14 May
• First outpatient clinics

Monday 28 May
• Commencement of elective surgery

Sunday 10 June
• Opening of the PCH Emergency Department (and closure of the PMH Emergency Department) at 7am
• Final move day for all remaining patients from PMH to PCH
• PMH closes

Mid-June (within a week of final move day)
• Patients from the Bentley Adolescent Unit are due to arrive at PCH


Should I go to PCH or PMH?

Please attend PMH for all emergencies prior to 7am on Sunday 10 June 2018. The PMH Emergency Department is located on Roberts Road in Subiaco, near the intersection with Thomas Street – see map (external site).

The PCH Emergency Department opens at 7am on Sunday 10 June. This is also when the PMH Emergency Department closes. All emergency services will be provided at PCH from 10 June onwards.

As indicated in the opening dates above, some outpatient and theatre services will start at PCH in May – meaning your next appointment could be at the new hospital even while PMH is still open. 

Your appointment letter will state whether you need to go to PCH or PMH. If you're coming to PCH, you'll also receive information on the new hospital, including how to get here and how to locate your clinic.


Where is PCH?

Part of the QEII Medical Centre (external site), PCH is located at the corner of Winthrop Avenue and Monash Avenue in Nedlands.

The hospital’s street address is 15 Hospital Avenue, Nedlands – see map (external site)

Nearby landmarks include Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, the J Robin Warren Library and the south-west corner of Kings Park. See the QEII Medical Centre site map for more details.


What are my transport and parking options?

Please see the For Patients and Visitors section of this website for information on parking (including the PCH basement car park) and other transport options.


Where is my clinic or ward?

Please refer to the hospital maps. As well as the level/floor of your service, it may also be useful to note the nearest lift (yellow, pink or green). Wayfinding kiosks and helpful staff or volunteers are also available at PCH to help with directions.


How does PCH compare to PMH?

All specialist services provided at PMH will be available at PCH. Many areas will also be expanded at the new hospital, including an increased neonatal and oncology capacity, an expanded Surgical Day Stay Unit, and the introduction of a High-Dependency Unit alongside the Intensive Care Unit.

Number of beds: 298 beds at PCH (compared to 220 beds at PMH)

Percentage of single rooms: 75 per cent (compared to 26 per cent at PMH)

Isolation rooms: 31 (compared to 17 at PMH)

Emergency department: 88 per cent bigger than PMH

Theatres: PCH has twice the number of theatres as PMH, with up to 12 multi-use theatres, including an intraoperative MRI and two interventional theatres

Mental health services: Co-location of inpatient mental health services for under 16s

High-dependency services: 10 bed High Dependency Unit for high-risk patients

Outpatient services: Increased outpatient and day-stay capacity

Helipad: The PCH roof houses the helicopter landing pad for the QEII Medical Centre

Facilities for families and visitors:

• Parent beds in each standard inpatient room
• Parent lounges on every floor
• A dedicated parent accommodation suite
• 3,500m2 of green space including roof terraces
• Satellite pharmacies close to inpatient wards 
• Indoor and outdoor recreational areas
• Fun on Four play area 
• Retail food outlets
• Entertainment facilities
• Family Resource Centre 
• Kulunga Moort Mia (Aboriginal Family Lounge)


What will happen to the PMH site?

PMH’s final patients will transfer to PCH on 10 June 2018.

After this, the Department of Health will manage the clinical decommissioning of PMH, which is expected to take approximately 14 weeks. Responsibility for the site will then transfer to the Minister for Lands.

LandCorp and the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority are developing plans for the ‘Subi East’ precinct (external site), which includes the PMH site and other nearby landmarks such as Subiaco Oval.

Some parts of the PMH site – Godfrey House and the multi-faith building – have heritage significance and will be kept in place.