Extending our paediatric intensive care

Over the past few months we have been working hard to construct a new unit at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

The new unit, known as the Close Observation Unit, has been built and designed to enhance the critical care capacity of the Hospital.

The six bed unit will operate as an extension of our current Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and will be located near Clancy Ward, on level 3.

Managed by PICU, the unit will have the capacity to accommodate a mixed cohort of patients with critical care needs including post-operative patients like Maddison Ryan.

Maddison knows intensive care more than most three year olds, having spent 257 days there as a newborn.

Born with arthrogryposis, a rare condition that affects joints, making them permanently straight or bent has meant Maddison has been in and out of hospital her entire life and often uses an intensive care bed.

Her mother Sally, said the addition of the Close Observation Unit meant there would be more PICU capacity for patients like Maddison.

The unit is set to open on June 12.