Paediatric Wards and Clinics

The hospital has 4 inpatient wards, as well as the Paediatric Day Stay Unit and Paediatric Outpatient Clinics.

Centenary Hospital for Women and Children has four inpatient wards for children and adolescents, as well as a day stay service and outpatient clinics.

If your child is admitted to hospital, we encourage you to stay with them as much as possible, as you are an essential member of your child’s health care team. We provide accommodation at your child’s bedside for your overnight stay. If you are unable to stay with your child, another carer over the age of 18 may be able to stay in your place. Please talk to your child’s nurse about this.

Visiting hours

Visiting hours on our wards are between 6am and 9pm daily.

Adolescent Ward

The Adolescent Ward has 12 beds for young people aged 12 to 16 years. The ward provides a safe, supportive and therapeutic environment for young people and their families.

We care for patients with a wide range of healthcare needs, including medical, surgical and mental health.

Young people with a chronic condition over the age of 16 may be assessed and admitted for ongoing care. Transition to adult services occurs at 18 years or at the end of high school.

High Care Ward

The newly refurbished Paediatric High Care Ward has 12 beds for very unwell children and those with complex needs. The level of care that the Paediatric High Care team provides, allows them to look after many unwell children in Canberra rather than transferring families to a Children’s hospital in Sydney.

The recent upgrade of the Paediatric High Care Ward has provided for a range of improvements to how the staff are able to care for the children on the ward. These improvements provide a better line of sight for nurses to patients with more glass and enhanced central monitoring, and is an important part of the modernising and expanding our Centenary Hospital for Women and Children. The new Ward also includes improved pressure rooms, the installation of ‘switch’ glass which allows the glass to move from clear to opaque, and better facilities for treatment and family support. The new ward is also fitted out with new artwork to add some ‘sparkle’ and interest for the patients.

Paediatric High Care Ward Opening

Artwork by Children’s Book Illustrator Freya Blackwood

Medical and Surgical Wards

The Paediatric Medical and Surgical Wards each provide 12 beds for children with a range of medical and surgical conditions, from birth to 12 years of age.

Day Stay Unit

The Paediatric Day Stay Unit (PDSU) provides day-only medical treatment for children up to 18 years.

We also provide planned and emergency day surgery services for children up to 14 years.

Children over the age of 14 are cared for by the Adult Day Surgery Unit.

Outpatient Clinics

We offer a range of specialist and general paediatric medical, nursing and allied health clinics, including visiting specialists from the Sydney Children’s Hospital network. We take a collaborative, team-based approach to help families achieve the best possible health for their children.

A current GP or specialist referral is needed to attend the clinics. The referral must specify the name of the doctor your child is being referred to. We triage all referrals according to urgency and then offer an appointment. GP referrals are valid for 12 months and specialist referrals are valid for 3 months. A new referral is needed for any new condition.

Our reception staff can assist with clinic bookings on 02 5124 7550.

We are located on Level 1 of Centenary Hospital for Women and Children and open from Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 5pm. This excludes public holidays.

Page last updated on: 16 Oct 2020