Children admitted to our hospital receive expert care in our 12 bed paediatric ward, St Gabriel’s Unit. Single rooms are allocated when available. The ward is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Staff members are qualified paediatric nurses who care for a variety of medical and surgical conditions in a child-friendly environment. The unit caters for infants through to early adulthood (16 years), with adolescents cared for in a quieter area of the ward.
The unit has state-of-the-art equipment including an Airvo respiratory support system, specialised paediatric treatment bed and a vital signs monitor.
St Gabriel’s Unit has access to highly skilled and experienced paediatricians who ensure your child receives the best treatment possible.
Coming into hospital can be a time of worry and uncertainty for the entire family unit. We will provide the best possible care for your child, and include families and carers as much as possible in your child’s care plan.
Staying with your child
Children often want their parent or carer to stay with them overnight. We are able to accommodate one support person per child. The support person will be provided a rollout couch.
Parents can also stay with their children until it is time for surgery and be close by during their recovery.
Putting patients at ease
We encourage our patients to bring something from home to make them feel more comfortable while in hospital. The paediatrics unit also offers a dedicated children’s play area equipped with iPads, portable DVD players, video game consoles, board games, colouring and toys for all ages.
Patient care in St Gabriel’s Unit
Doctors visit patients each day. The child, family or carers will be involved in this conversation. During the child’s stay the Doctors, nurses and allied health providers will answer your questions and talk to you about any concerns you have regarding your child leaving hospital to assist in making the transition home easier. Family members and carers are often a source of important information about the child and this information can contribute greatly to their stay and experience in hospital. We will ask you about:
- medications and alternative preparations the child is using
- the child’s and family’s care needs and preferences
- the child’s primary contact person.
For more information or to discuss the care of your child please contact the St Gabriel’s Nursing Unit Manager on tel: 07 4690 4143.