NEW FAMILY ROOM A BOON FOR PARENTS AT MONASH

NEW FAMILY ROOM A BOON FOR PARENTS AT MONASH

Posted on 21. Jul, 2010 in Clayton Update

Parents of sick children at the Monash Medical Centre will soon have their own family room for rest and recuperation, Health Minister Daniel Andrews announced today.

Mr Andrews joined representatives of Southern Health and Ronald McDonald House Monash to officially announce the family room at Ronald McDonald House in Clayton today.

“This new development is a great example of how the Brumby Labor Government is providing better access to vital health services, including for our sickest children and their families in Melbourne’s south east,” Mr Andrews said.

“Almost $11 million was allocated in the May 2010 budget for the expansion of the Paediatric Acute and Intensive Care Services at Monash Medical Centre with four extra Neonatal Intensive Care Unit cots, five additional Paediatric Intensive Care Unit beds and 10 extra paediatric beds.

“The expansion also included the family room, located near-by to the new paediatric facility.”

The Monash Medical Centre is one of two Victorian hospitals providing tertiary paediatric services, with more than 25,000 children admitted in 2007-08.

The family room will provide a comfortable, secure retreat for parents and families of children being treated at the Monash Medical Centre, including a place to relax, sleep, shower and eat away from their child’s bedside.

“It will, as far as possible, provide a normal, family-like environment for parents needing a break from a hospital-like setting,” Mr Andrews said.

Work on the new room begins in August and is scheduled for completion later this year.

The Brumby Labor Government is contributing $250,000 towards the room.

“When a child is critically ill, parents are reluctant to leave the bedside, yet they need a break from the continuing stress of the inpatient ward,” Mr Andrews said.

“This room will provide an area of calm amid the medical setting.

“More broadly, the expansion of the Paediatric Acute and Intensive Care Services at Monash Medical Centre includes the involvement of parents and family to ensure the design of the facility meets their needs, as well as the needs of staff.

“It will ensure children living in Melbourne’s south east will have even better access to state-of-the-art paediatric care.”

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