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For a child, being sick can be terrifying. But, when you’re surrounded by family and well-wishers, and you’re in an environment that is comfortable and familiar, children show as much resolve as anyone when trying to get better. By giving a child a chance to be a kid, a hospital can alleviate any fear that a child has and help facilitate the healing process.
Royal Children’s Hospital is designed to be a world-class facility, offering the latest in quality care in a healing environment that is responsive to the needs of children, their families and staff. Regionally resonant positive distractions for the kids include interactive playgrounds, a two-story coral reef aquarium, a Scienceworks wonders of science display, a bean-bag theater showing the latest movies and a star-gazing Starlight Room. The children’s hospital is based on family-centered care. More than 85 percent of the rooms are single-bed rooms, providing privacy for patients and their families.
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The children’s hospital is based on family-centered care. More than 85 percent of the rooms will be single-bed rooms, providing privacy for patients and their families. Rooms will be designed to feel more like home with a place to put personal belongings, state-of-the-art entertainment systems and lighting controls. Storage areas and stay-over areas also are designed for family members.
Retreat, gathering areas and outdoor balconies are on each floor. In addition, the new hospital will house a supermarket and a gymnasium. A new Family Resource Center is located nearby to support the families with private cubicles, laundry areas, a lounge and kitchen, personal care suites and an outside courtyard.
Australia’s first five-star Green Star hospital, Royal Children’s is designed to be environmentally friendly by reducing consumption of water and energy as well as greenhouse gas emissions.