Liverpool Hospital has a 21 bed Paediatric Unit which caters for newborn infants to adolescents up to 17years of age. The Unit includes eight single rooms, and an additional four bed short stay unit. General Paediatric, Orthopaedic, Plastics, Surgical and ENT services are provided by experienced and dedicated clinical staff who provide high quality medical and nursing management of children and their families, utilising best evidence based practice.
Children are considered first and foremost whilst on the unit. Parents and families are actively encouraged to participate in the care of their child. Facilities available for families include a sofa bed at the bedside for one carer to stay overnight, as well as a kitchen area. Ward Grannies are available Monday to Friday to support families.
As a team we strive to sustain the South Western Sydney Local Health Districts Vision of helping our young grow to their potential (SWSLHD Health Improvement for Children, Young People and Families 2016-2025). We do this by challenging the boundaries, leading change that result in improvements, striving for excellence in clinical care, teaching and acting as advocates for patients and families.
Within the unit there is a Department of Education and Training school staffed by qualified teachers who ensure continuation of educational activities whilst the child is in hospital.
Paediatric Ambulatory Care Service
care for children who have illnesses that can be managed in their own home with adequate support. This service works in conjunction with the families General Practitioner and Paediatrician. Through a collaborative effort we aim to assist with patient flow reversals and provide a continuum of care from hospital to home. Our referrals come from various services which include the children's hospitals, emergency departments VMO's and schools.
Paediatric Outpatient Clinics
Dr Paul Chay, Head of Paediatrics
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Special Care Nursery
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Liverpool Hospital opened in 1994 and is the last NICU to be commissioned in NSW. Currently we are funded for 15 Intensive Care Beds and 19 Special Care Beds and are part of the State-wide Network that provides Intensive Care, L5, L4 and L3 care for premature and sick newborns. Although we aim to predominantly look after the babies from our region in Southwest Sydney LHD also have babies transported from other areas including regional NSW.
Please click on the following link for further information on NICU: Website
Dr Jacqueline Stack, Head of Neonatal Intensive Care
Rainbow Cottage is part of Liverpool Hospital (which incorporates the Hospital as well as Community Health). Rainbow Cottage provides inpatient and outpatient assessment and therapy for children including Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Pathology. Our team also works closely with Dietitians, Social Workers, Psychologists, Paediatricians, Specialist Doctors and other children’s services.
Children who attend Rainbow Cottage are currently not accessing services elsewhere. To access Speech Pathology and Occupational Therapy children must live in the Liverpool Local Government Area. For Physiotherapy they can live in either Liverpool or Fairfield Local Government areas. You can check your Local Government Area here: https://www.olg.nsw.gov.au/find-my-council.