Armadale opens new Neonatal Unit

Image of the new neonatal unit
August 16, 2018

Armadale Hospital has officially opened its new $450,000 neonatal unit, which will improve the hospital's ability to provide safe care for acutely ill newborns.

The unit has capacity for eight cots, four will be opened initially with the remainder to become operational as clinical demand increases. There is also provision to close off a bay for infection isolation purposes.

Apnoea monitoring, low level oxygen therapy and nasal/oral-gastric feeding for low dependency babies will be available at the new unit as well as a dedicated parents area to enhance privacy.

WA Health Minister Roger Cook was on hand for the opening and praised the new facility.

"Armadale Hospital plays a vital role in Perth's eastern suburbs and is noted for its commitment to the local community," Mr Cook said.

"This new unit means more local mums can have their babies closer to home and fewer babies will need to be transferred to other hospitals."

Armadale Health Service Executive Director Di Barr said, “Caring for neonates, who are in their first few weeks of life, requires specialist equipment, skilled staff and a dedicated area."

"Armadale Hospital is proud and excited to be able to provide all of these in our amazing new neonatal unit.”