Lyell McEwin ED expansion boost for Northern suburbs

The expansion forms part of the SA Government’s $58 million investment to boost capacity for patients in northern Adelaide.

Hundreds of constructions jobs are being created in the northern suburbs as construction gets under way on the new expanded Emergency Department (ED) at the Lyell McEwin Hospital. 

The expansion forms part of the SA Government’s $58 million investment to boost capacity for patients in northern Adelaide.

Premier Steven Marshall, who toured the site today said the expansion will almost double the hospital’s current ED capacity and is part of the Government’s landmark $1 billion hospital infrastructure investment.

“We are building what matters for the people of the northern suburbs of Adelaide, while creating hundreds of jobs in the process,” Premier Marshall said. 

By expanding the ED and adding a new Mental Health Short Stay Unit (MHSSU), about 460 full time construction jobs have been created by the project and approximately 4,500 workers in total will be involved over the construction period.

“The redevelopment will see the construction of a new three-storey building to house the new ED and upgraded MHSSU for patients requiring assessment after presenting to the ED.

“The ED expansion will ensure emergency care can be delivered closer to home and will help to manage the level of ED presentations, which has increased by approximately 30 per cent over the last decade.”

Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said that with the northern suburbs expanding faster than anywhere else in the state, the SA Government is committed to ensuring the local community has world-class infrastructure to meet this increase in demand.

“The expanded ED will have an additional 1,900 square metres of emergency clinical floor space, a total of 72 treatment spaces, additional resuscitation and triage capabilities, as well as dedicated paediatric assessment and treatment spaces,” Minister Wade said.

“The new eight-bed MHSSU will provide a purpose-built facility for mental health patients requiring short stay assessment after presenting to the ED, meaning these patients will have faster access to the care they need.

“By providing a more suitable environment for people needing critical mental health care, this will enable improved patient flow through the ED.”

Northern Adelaide Local Health Network Chief Executive Officer, Maree Geraghty, said extensive consultation with clinicians and stakeholders was undertaken during the planning phase to ensure the continued and safe operation of the ED during construction. 

“Enabling works to support the new build were completed in December, and this involved establishing a temporary corridor access into Lyell McEwin’s Hospital existing ED for emergency services and consumers while the new ED is being constructed,” Ms Geraghty said.

“While the public is temporarily unable to use the open-air car park spaces at the front of the hospital, parking for emergency drop off and pick up, disability parking and patient permit parking has not changed.

“The extension of the Lyell McEwin multi-deck car park was completed in June last year, and construction of a new private car park opposite the hospital will begin this year to offset expected increased capacity.

“As we have now entered the next phase of construction, the decommissioning and demolition of existing structures is well underway. Thank you to our staff and consumers for their patience as we progress the building works.” 

The Lyell McEwin ED and MHSSU expansion will require:

  • On average 60 workers on site each day, increasing to 120 workers for peak activities
  • Approx. 4,500 total construction workers 
  • Approx. 460 full time construction jobs created by the project
  • More than 400,000 hours to complete 
  • Approx. 3,000m3 of concrete 
  • Approx. 500 concrete trucks 
  • Approx. 280 tonne of reinforcing steel to provide tensile strength to the structure
  • Approx. 200 tonne of structural steel manufactured in South Australia

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