Construction starts on new $3.2bn Women’s and Children’s Hospital

Adelaide is set to be home to another pioneering medical facility as construction kicks off on the $3.2 billion new Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

Adelaide is set to be home to another pioneering medical facility as construction kicks off on the $3.2 billion new Women’s and Children’s Hospital. The groundbreaking ceremony this morning marked the start of significant progress on the site, beginning with a $306 million package of initial works. This includes a vast 1,300-space car park and a robust two-storey central energy facility.

The design of the eight-storey car park, which offers substantial improvements over the current 940-space facility, aims to blend seamlessly with the adjacent parklands. It will feature accessible spaces, disability car parks, and designated pram parking areas, emphasizing convenience and accessibility.

Alongside the physical construction, a new flyover was released today showcasing updated concept designs of the hospital’s facade. This has opened the door for clinicians, staff, and consumers to provide input on the so-called ‘block and stack’ plans. These plans detail the proposed locations of clinical services and departments across the hospital’s nine levels.

The design of the hospital has been a collaborative effort. Feedback from staff and patients has led to significant adjustments in the departmental locations and the overall shape of the building, ensuring it meets the specific needs of its users. Public consultation on these plans will remain open for three weeks, concluding on May 21.

The hospital is set to become South Australia’s first 100% electric public hospital and will house 414 overnight beds, offering an increase of 56 beds over the existing facility, with scope for an additional 20 beds in the future. Other notable features include an expanded Emergency Department with 43 treatment spaces, cutting-edge surgical suites, and a dedicated helipad on-site.

This ambitious project not only provides space for the new Women’s and Children’s Hospital but also allows for future expansions alongside the Royal Adelaide Hospital. A critical design feature is the centralization of all essential care services on a single floor, facilitating better integration of birthing centers, theatres, Paediatric ICU, and Neonatal ICU.

A significant advancement for women’s health is the integration of a four-bed Intensive Care Unit for women alongside the Paediatric ICU. This will enable women requiring intensive care to stay within the new Women’s and Children’s Hospital instead of being transferred to the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Premier Peter Malinauskas said ‘This is an exciting milestone for a once-in-a-generation project that will deliver a bigger and better Women’s and Children’s Hospital for our state for decades to come.

‘I promised South Australians at the election that we would make decisions in the interests of the long term, not the short term, and this is a prime example of that.

‘The new Women’s and Children’s Hospital will have 56 more beds than the current hospital, plus capacity for another 20 more beds on top of that.’

‘The site also ensures room for both the new Women’s and Children’s Hospital and the Royal Adelaide Hospital to expand in the future.’

Minister for Health and Wellbeing Chris Picton said ‘We are today breaking ground on our bigger and better new Women’s and Children’s Hospital project that will help South Australian families receive the very best health care.’

‘We chose this site because we knew it was the right option to ensure the best design possible for the hospital without any limitations on the care it will be able to provide to South Australian families well into the future.’

‘This larger site allows all critical care services to be co-located on one floor – including birthing, theatres, Paediatric ICU and Neonatal ICU.’

‘Consulting with staff and the community is important in getting the design layout right and we are taking the advice of clinicians to ensure we build the best hospital possible for the long-term.’

Women’s and Children’s Health Network Chief Executive Officer Rebecca Graham said ‘I am delighted to stand alongside our clinicians and consumers to commence these important works.’

‘We want to build a new hospital for the long-term that is tailored to the needs of patients and their families, and I would strongly encourage South Australians to get involved in our consultation and share their thoughts on how we build a hospital fit for the future, that the community deserves and needs.’

‘This hospital belongs to the women and children of South Australia, and I’m proud to lead the way in creating a facility for future generations.’

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