If you are an inpatient it means you'll be staying in hospital overnight or for a few weeks. Some inpatients stay longer and even attend school here. When you are an inpatient you are addmitted to a ward.
Camperdown Ward is the dedicated inpatient ward for kids with cancer. It has 20 beds as well as a special air-conditioning system that protects children from viruses and other germs in the air.
Variety Club Ward has 18 beds and is a general medical and isolation unit caring for kids with various illnesses, including oncology patients who are susceptible to infectious diseases.
Shower and toilet facilities are available in each room, as well as a telephone, television and fridge.
The Hospital provides a range of services to help ease a child’s stay, including Child Life Therapy which uses music, play and other activities to help kids who are feeling stressed or concerned about being in hospital and having treatments.
Hospital School is also available for kids who will be staying in hospital for a while. If a child is unable to go to the Hospital school, a teacher will usually come to the ward instead.
For parents, there is a dedicated child-free lounge where they can enjoy some timeout. A television and tea and coffee facilities are provided.
There are two food outlets on the entry level of the hospital. The Starbucks cafe is just inside the main entry while the Bear Brasserie overlooks the garden and playground, and has plenty of space for wheelchairs, IV poles and other medical equipment. There’s also a cafeteria on Level 1, and various food, beverage and toiletry vending machines throughout the hospital.