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.
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 patients and their families.
In 2008, the State Government announced a new hospital would be built to replace PMH. Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH) will open to the public in mid-2018. Princess Margaret Hospital will be decommissioned and the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority will take over the management of the site.
Visit the PMH timeline to find out more about the milestones and achievements of PMH over time.
With a final move day now in place, a number of events and activities are being held for the staff and public to celebrate and commemorate the significant contribution PMH has made to the WA community.
These activities include Thank you PMH Day, a memorial event, media features, an Indigenous smoking ceremony to mark the last patient leaving PMH, and more.
A new Facebook group ‘Thank you PMH’ hosted under PCHF’s Facebook page will be the place for past and present staff, patients, families and carers to post messages, memories and farewells to PMH.
You can also share your messages and memories with the hashtag #thankyouPMH on social media, and keep up to date with the activities planned.
Located in Nedlands, the $1.2 billion Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH) will be the new home for staff and services from PMH, providing specialist paediatric care for the children and adolescents of Western Australia.
The new hospital will be the sole dedicated children’s hospital for WA, delivering the highest level of care to children from all over the state.
For more information visit the Perth Children’s Hospital Project website.
Watch Channel 7 Perth's Today Tonight feature on the history and evolution of PMH (November 2014).
The feature includes interviews with retired PMH nurse Maurine Callard, former Head of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Unit Nerida Dilworth, Medical Director Clinical Governance Alan Duncan, Nurse Researcher Jeanette Robertson and recently retired Executive Director Nursing and Patient Support Services, Anne Bourke.