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23-Hour Unit opened in Mater Children’s Hospital

The new Mater Children’s Hospitals’ (MCH) 23-Hour Unit officially opened on 19 January 2009.

The 8-bed unit operates from within the children’s Day Unit, allowing lower acuity theatre patients to receive overnight care in the unit and be discharged home early the following morning.

Most theatre patients were previously admitted to the Day Unit and, after their operation, transferred to 7 South for overnight care before discharge the following morning.

Nurse Unit Manager Jason Holtman said as far as he was aware, the model for the MCH 23-Hour Unit was the first of its kind in a major tertiary children’s hospital setting in Australia.

“The new children’s 23-Hour Unit allows low acuity patients to go home sooner for a faster recovery and makes the ward beds available for higher acuity children,” he said.

Low acuity patients are generally in hospital for more straightforward and common theatre procedures such as tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, simple fracture or simple surgical procedures.

Mater Children’s Hospitals’ Day Unit staff will be extending their hours to work shifts up to 9 pm. A mixture of current staff and new permanent night shift staff will provide care for the 23-Hour Unit patients overnight.

Blake Mathers with mother Kim and members of the 23-hour unit.

One of the first patients, Blake Mathers, and his mother Kim with Anne Ferguson and Jason Holtman from the 23-Hour Unit.

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