"Overnight stay policy for family"
About: Perth Children's Hospital Perth Children's Hospital Nedlands 6009
Posted by atlasmx36 (as ),
I would like to recommend that PCH revisit their 'one parent only' overnight stay policy. There are situations where this is not the best option for families being treated and actually induces more stress in an already stressful situation when a child is admitted to hospital.
My husband and I arrived from out of town to be with our child for two nights at PCH. The first night we were both allowed to stay overnight without any issue and in fact supplied a breastfeeding chair as a second bed (we were happy to top and tail it on the spare bed in our child's room). The second night we were told at 6pm only one of us could stay. We are not originally from WA so we don't have family in Perth, and it was suggested we find a place to stay. My husband ended up booking a $200/night hotel room recommended by a nurse. That night he stayed with us in our child's room until 9.30pm and was back with us at 7.30am the following day. All the while, the breastfeeding chair remained in our room the second night too. So there was a place for both of us to sleep, yet he was told he had to leave us.
The explanation given for only 'one parent' was the number of people on the ward. I do respect this policy from a safety position, however, there were clearly empty rooms on the ward that night.
The nurses sympathised with our situation and were lovely in trying to get an exemption, etc., as they also agreed the 'one parent' policy doesn't fit every situation. Just a suggestion for PCH to revisit this policy and allow for certain exemptions to occur for future families in similar situations. Thanks for your time.