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Published March 1st 2019
For a hospital covering all your needs
St John of God (SJOG) is one of the original private, well-thought of hospitals in Perth.
I went there to have my first child in 1967 and in those days, you did not keep the child in your room as they slept in the nursery. In my particular case, I did not see my baby till the second day as she was in an area for small babies for a day or so.
SJOG was founded in 1898 and was the first permanent facility established by the Sisters of St John of God. Last year was the hospital's 120th anniversary. The hospital was named after the patron saint of hospitals, the sick, nurses, firefighters, alcoholics and booksellers.
The main entry is near Salvado Road, however, as the hospital is over several blocks, there is another entrance in McCourt Street.
Salvado Road Main Entrance
It has several lovely gardens and walkways around the main hospital as well as a large cafe and gift shop with some unusual trinkets and items. You can also order your flowers from here. There is also free wi-fi, television and ample cupboards in each room.
They have the most beautiful flower arrangements
Nowadays, there are no nuns visible in this Catholic hospital which has 600 beds and approximately 700 medical practitioners.
Some of the services include:
dedicated cancer centre
community and youth services
home nursing and care
home nursing and care
Although this is now one of the older hospitals in Western Australia, the service, food and facilities are still excellent. They are gradually updating most of the rooms. It is my hospital of choice as it is central, the nurses are mostly excellent and caring, and it seems to be managed very efficiently.
Most of the nurses are efficient, friendly and helpful as was Kath, who was in the Jack Bendat Centre and specialised in cancer patients.
Kath is a nursing sister trained in cancer
The Food I cannot fault any of the food, and, if an item is not on the menu, you can still often order it. Each morning, I would order fried eggs with crispy bacon, neither of which are on the menu.
Some of the meals on offer include the following:
Cashew Rissoles, with fruit and nuts and vegetables.
Cashew rissoles as a main
Beef with Mushroom Sauce and I ordered vegetables, orange juice, a packet of fruit and nuts, and a bread roll with butter to go with this (yes, I have a large appetite!).
Beef with mushroom sauce
Seafood Gratin, which was prawns and fish with potatoes on the top and a lovely sauce. I ordered an iced coffee to go with this.
Seafood gratin served with vegetables
Chicken Schnitzel and relish, and I ordered a packet of fruit and nuts, vegetables, orange juice and trifle to go with this meal.
Chicken Schnitzel, with vegetables ordered separately
Fried Eggs with crispy bacon, bread, butter and vegemite with a cup of tea - this is excellent as the bacon was always crispy and none of this was on their menus, however, they made it every morning!
Most delicious breakfast!
Smoked salmon on rye.
Roast pork with vegetables, apple sauce and crackling, and a sago berry pudding.
Fish pie with vegetables and a mango semolina pudding.
Baked fish with salad.
Afternoon tea has a different cake each day with chocolate, hummingbird slice, fruit cake, lemon cake, cheese and crackers or biscuits.
There are a variety of drinks including milkshakes, iced coffee, iced chocolate, orange and apple juice, fruit smoothies and more.
Soups is always available, and you get morning, afternoon and after dinner tea or coffee served.
They have a 400 plus parking station right next to the hospital and there are also several buildings with specialists doctors suites in them. There is also a parking area near the Jack Bendat Centre as well as an underground one on the McCourt Street Side of the hospital.
Bendat Comprehensive Cancer Centre
Since opening in 2009, this centre at St John's in Subiaco has treated no fewer than 73,000 cancer patients.
Thousands more are in line to be helped at this modern building through clinical research and drug trials that the centre undertakes.
Housed in this centre are many oncologists and other specialists of various types but the majority deal in cancer or cancer-related illnesses.
This section of the hospital is more like a motel with some rooms having a verandah with plants, tables and chairs, and most have pleasant views.
View from a room in Bendat Centre
They have an Ivy Suite which is the actual area where people go to have chemotherapy or immunotherapy and other infusions. They are currently refurbishing this area and on completion, it will be the largest day chemotherapy unit in Western Australia.
Jack Bendat, who this centre is named after, and his wife Eleanor personally donated $5 million to start the building of this facility. They then fundraised for the hospital for a further three years.
Jack Bendat Cancer Centre
Solaris Health Care
This is a service organisation run by volunteers for cancer patients. Here you can make use of any of the following facilities:
Cancer support groups
Individual and group counselling sessions with qualified councillors
Outreach services for regional areas and outer metropolitan areas.
They offer massages, Indian head massages, Reiki, Pilates, reflexology, and other associated similar services - all for free.
In conclusion regarding St John of God Hospital, Cambridge Street, Subiaco, I would say there are plenty of newer hospitals in Perth offering more modern facilities. This hospital is still my choice as I find they have old fashioned values and run efficiently. My one criticism about this hospital is the shared rooms. Many people have difficulty sleeping under these circumstances but they have many services available to their patients.