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Sugar Glider - Medical Care is a specialist medical unit where a
multidisciplinary team cares for children and infants with a
diverse range of acute and chronic illnesses.
The unit has four medical specialties: General
Medicine, ENT and Developmental
Within these disciplines Sugar Glider cares for a variety of
clinical conditions such as Bronchiolitis, Croup and Asthma through
to chronic conditions such as Cystic Fibrosis. Children who
have had a tracheostomy are cared for on the unit. Sugar
Glider is also home to children who require ongoing ventilatory
support such as CPAP, BiPAP and full ventilation via
tracheostomy. In conjunction with the department of
Respiratory Medicine sleep studies are conducted on this unit.
The unit staff are friendly, supportive, take pride in their
clinical skills, and are committed to family centered care that
seeks to minimize the effects of hospitalization. Children
whose admissions are prolonged or who have especially complex
needs receive a modified primary nursing model of care led by our
Registered Nurses are supported and encouraged to practice
autonomously and to participate in ongoing professional
development. A unit education program compliments the
hospital program and is developed by the Clinical Nurse
Sugar Glider staff are comprised of a dedicated team of
nurses. Comprehensive orientation is available for new staff
on the unit with additional support available for those wishing to
make the transition from adult to paediatric nursing.
Sugar Glider - Medical Care also plays an important role in the
undergraduate student nurse placements, the Graduate
Nurse Program and students undertaking the
Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Practice - Paediatric
Parents may visit at any time; other visitors are welcome
between 10am and 8pm seven days a week.
RCH visiting hours are 8am to 12pm and 2pm to 7.30pm, seven days
To provide the highest quality person centered care,
professionally, with integrity and compassion.
Sugar Glider - Medical Care values: