Maternity Unit Renovation
We are excited to announce a multi-stage refurbishment of our maternity wards.
The work begins at the end of November 2020, and is set to wrap-up in the second-half of 2021. It involves a full renovation of the postnatal ward bedrooms, bathrooms, corridors, staff areas, and shared facilities. There will also be a light refurbishment of the Level 6 foyer and Delivery Suite hallways.
When we are finished, Prince of Wales Private Hospital will be able to offer families premium maternity accommodation right here in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. This will ensure the facilities match the exceptional quality of care provided by our doctors, midwives and staff!
If you’re having a baby with us in the coming months, please rest assured; we have a range of measures in place to ensure you and your family will not be impacted by the project. Large hospitals like ours are experienced in managing upgrades while, at the same time, continuing services with minimal disruption.
The renovation will be phased so that the Delivery Suite and Postnatal Ward can operate as normal. Some facilities may be temporarily relocated as the renovation program progresses but, otherwise, it will be business as usual.
Our Hospital has a reputation for quality care and you can expect no less during this time. All staff, including our Maternity team and Hospital management, will work to make your experience with us as positive and as comfortable as possible.
- Will I be sharing a room during the refurbishment?
The vast majority of patients will be allocated a single room. It would only be in exceptional circumstances during the period of the renovation where patients would be required to share. The fully-refurbished postnatal ward will be operational at the start of June, increasing our number of patient rooms. However, during the third and final stage of the renovation due for completion in August, some patients may be allocated a single room in the nearby surgical ward.
- What steps are being taken to minimise noise during the renovations?
The refurbishment will be conducted in ‘stages’. During each stage of the redevelopment, a different section of rooms will be closed to be refurbished. These rooms will be closed off and separated from the rest of the Maternity Unit with hoarding and acoustic blankets to create a sound barrier, so minimal noise is anticipated.
- Will Little Luxuries be opening during the renovations?
Unfortunately, since the COVID-19 pandemic began, we have not been able to reinstate the Little Luxuries program. This is due to the fact that patient safety is our main priority, so we are not able to have patients in an environment we cannot control and the hospital is the safest place for us to care for our patients.
- How will impact to patients be minimised or avoided during this time?
The refurbishment will be conducted in ‘stages’. During each stage of the redevelopment, a different section of rooms will be closed to be refurbished. These rooms will be closed off and separated from the rest of the Maternity Unit with hoarding and acoustic blankets to create a sound barrier, so minimal noise is anticipated. All other services in our Maternity Unit will be conducted as usual, ensuring the normal services continue to be provided to patients and their partners.
- Will access to the postnatal ward be the same?
Access to the postnatal ward will continue throughout the project, however, the entry point will change at different stages. We will advise you and your partner during your stay and entry points will be clearly signposted.
- How do I access the Delivery Suite?
There will be no change to the current entry point.
- Will the Special Care Nursery be open?
Yes. The Special Care Nursery will operate as normal with the same entry point.
- What about lactation classes and other services?
Lactation classes, newborn hearing tests and baby-bathing facilities will be available throughout, but will be temporarily relocated during the first stage of renovations.
If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact your obstetrician. You are also welcome to contact the Maternity Unit on (02) 9650 4465 between 9.00am and 3.00pm Monday to Friday.
Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to welcoming you soon.