Princess Margaret Hospital for Children

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Hospital from corner of Hay and Thomas Streets

Princess Margaret Hospital for Children (PMH) is a centre for paediatric research and care. The hospital is located on Roberts Road in Subiaco, Western Australia. It is the state's only specialist children's hospital. Together with the Child and Adolescent Community Health Division it makes up the Child and Adolescent Health Service.[1]

The hospital originated as the Perth Children's Hospital in 1909 after 12 years of community fundraising. The original facilities included 40 beds, an operating theatre and outpatient department. The current name, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, was adopted in 1949, naming it after Princess Margaret, sister of Queen Elizabeth II.[2]

In 1994 the organisational structure for the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children and King Edward Memorial Hospital's merged (but not their locations). In 2002 that organisation was renamed Women's and Children's Health Service. In 2006, the two hospitals were once again separated.[3][4]

As of April 2008, Princess Margaret Hospital has approximately 220 beds and serves 300,000 patients per year.[2]

New children's hospital[edit]

In 2008, the state government announced that a new children's hospital would be built to replace Princess Margaret Hospital for Children.[5]

The new hospital will be built at the corner of Winthrop Avenue and Monash Avenue, Nedlands, within the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre site (which also contains Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital).[6]

In January 2012, Premier Colin Barnett and Minister for Health Dr Kim Hames held a sod-turning ceremony to mark the beginning of the construction.[5]

On 30 September 2013, Premier Colin Barnett announced that the new hospital would use the original 1909 name, Perth Children's Hospital. This name was chosen as part of efforts to "[promote] Perth as a major centre for medical health and medical research".[7] The new hospital, due for completion in 2015, will have 298 beds.[8]


  1. ^ "Princess Margaret Hospital for Children". Western Australian Department of Health. 19 February 2007. Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Family Handbook" (PDF). Child and Adolescent Health Service. April 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-07-19. Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
  3. ^ "Women and children to benefit from health service realignment". Department of Health – Government of Western Australia. 30 May 2006. Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
  4. ^ Tricia Scolaro and Helen Archer (14 October 2003). "A One-Stop Shop for Information for the Women's and Children's Health Service". Australian Library and Information Association. Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
  5. ^ a b "New Children's Hospital Project". Department of Health, Government of Western Australia. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Where is it?". New Children's Hospital Project. Department of Health, Government of Western Australia. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "AMA criticises decision not to add extra floor to new children's hospital". ABC News. 30 September 2013. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  8. ^ Orr, Aleisha (30 September 2013). "Perth Children's Hospital will need 'two extra floors'". WA Today. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 

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