South Australians are set to benefit from an unprecedented boost to the state’s hospital capacity, as the State Government announces the next phase of a $123 million boost in hospital capacity’s to get us COVID-ready.
It’s revealed another ninety-three additional beds will be added to the state’s public health system, stretched across Modbury Hospital, Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre and the Repat.
Premier Steven Marshall said that, following months of planning, the investments announced will reassure South Australians that the state will be ready for eased restrictions and relaxed borders when vaccination targets are met.“Throughout the pandemic, our public health response has been central to keeping us safe and strong. As we look to further ease borders and restrictions, we are making our health system even stronger to ensure South Australia is COVID-ready,” Premier Marshall said.
“As we move closer to reaching our vaccination targets, we are building a stronger, more agile health system to ensure South Australians have access to the care they need when we relax our borders and learn to live with COVID-19 in the community”, he continued.
Forty-six additional beds will be established at the Modbury Hospital, thirty-eight at the Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre and nine at the Repat Health Precinct. These beds come in addition to more than forty-five beds previously announced across the Gawler Health Service and the Repat.
Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade says it’s a significant investment in the state’s health workforce.“Bolstering the state’s hospital capacity and workforce is at the centre of the Marshall Liberal Government’s plans to get South Australia COVID-ready,” Minister Wade said.
The State Government says further announcements regarding additional private hospital and hospital-in-the-home capacities will be made soon.
Latest data show 74% of South Australians over 16 have received their first vaccine dose and 56% are fully vaccinated.
Book in for your COVID-19 vaccination or find your nearest walk-in clinic at the SA Health website.