Princess Margaret Hospital for Children


Princess Margaret Hospital for Children (PMH) is a former children's hospital and centre for paediatric research and care located in Perth, Western Australia. It was the state's only specialist children's hospital until it closed in 2018, coinciding with the opening of the new Perth Children's Hospital that was built to replace it. Together with the Child and Adolescent Community Health Division, it made up the Child and Adolescent Health Service.[1]

Princess Margaret Hospital for Children
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A building of PMH before its demolition in 2021, as seen from near the corner of Hay and Thomas streets in April 2006.
LocationSubiaco, City of Subiaco, Western Australia, Australia
Coordinates31°56′46″S 115°50′13″E / 31.9462°S 115.837°E / -31.9462; 115.837Coordinates: 31°56′46″S 115°50′13″E / 31.9462°S 115.837°E / -31.9462; 115.837
Care systemPublic Medicare (AU)
FundingPublic hospital
Emergency departmentYes
SpecialityPaediatric hospital
Opened1909; 113 years ago (1909)
Closed10 June 2018; 3 years ago (2018-06-10)
ListsHospitals in Australia

Located on Roberts Road in Subiaco, Western Australia, in April 2008 the hospital had approximately 220 beds and served 300,000 patients per year.[2]


PMH originated as the Perth Children's Hospital in 1909 after 12 years of community fundraising. The original facilities included 40 beds, an operating theatre and outpatient department. The name Princess Margaret Hospital for Children was adopted in 1949, in honour of Princess Margaret, sister of Queen Elizabeth II.[2]

In 1994 the organisational structure for the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children and King Edward Memorial Hospital's merged (but not their locations). In 2002 that organisation was renamed Women's and Children's Health Service. In 2006, the two hospitals were once again separated.[3][4]

In 2008, the state government announced that a new children's hospital would be built to replace Princess Margaret Hospital for Children. Following the completion of the new Perth Children's Hospital in May 2018, and the opening of its emergency department, Princess Margaret Hospital closed its doors on 10 June 2018, and all patients were transferred to the new hospital.[5][6][7]

In March 2021 major demolition works began at the former hospital site; however two heritage-listed buildings, Godfrey House and the Old Outpatients Building will be preserved. The demolition works are expected to be completed in mid-2022. The cleared site will then become part of the ongoing Subi East redevelopment.[8]

Princess Margaret Hospital viewed from the east in December 2014

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Princess Margaret Hospital for Children". Western Australian Department of Health. 19 February 2007. Retrieved 23 October 2008.
  2. ^ a b "Family Handbook" (PDF). Child and Adolescent Health Service. April 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 July 2008. Retrieved 23 October 2008.
  3. ^ "Women and children to benefit from health service realignment". Department of Health – Government of Western Australia. 30 May 2006. Retrieved 23 October 2008.
  4. ^ Tricia Scolaro and Helen Archer (14 October 2003). "A One-Stop Shop for Information for the Women's and Children's Health Service". Australian Library and Information Association. Archived from the original on 26 July 2008. Retrieved 23 October 2008.
  5. ^ "New Children's Hospital Project". Department of Health, Government of Western Australia. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  6. ^ End of an era for Princess Margaret Hospital
  7. ^ "Princess Margaret Hospital shuts doors as sick kids move to Perth Children's Hospital". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 10 June 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Major demolition works start at former Princess Margaret Hospital site". WA Government. 29 March 2021. Retrieved 18 August 2021.

External linksEdit

  • Official website
  •   Media related to Princess Margaret Hospital for Children at Wikimedia Commons