The Government of South Australia (SA) has announced the start of construction on the A$3.2bn ($2.07bn) New Women’s and Children’s Hospital (New WCH) project in Adelaide. 

The commencement of construction was celebrated with a ground-breaking ceremony. 

As part of the initial stage package, which is valued at approximately A$306m, the hospital site work mainly includes the development of a two-storey central energy facility and a 1300-space, eight-storey car park.  

The car park will offer 360 more spaces than the existing facility. 

In addition to the start of construction, the SA government has unveiled new artist’s impressions and a flyover video showcasing updated concept designs of the hospital’s exterior.  

These materials invite feedback on the updated “block and stack” plans, which detail the proposed locations of clinical services and departments across the hospital’s nine levels. 

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The consultation period for these plans is currently open and will conclude on 21 May. 

The New WCH is strategically located at the SAPOL Barracks site, adjacent to the Royal Adelaide Hospital, allowing for future expansion of both facilities.  

It will feature 414 overnight beds, which is 56 more than the current hospital, and the capacity to add 20 beds.  

The hospital will have a larger emergency department featuring 43 treatment spaces, advanced surgical suites, as well as a helipad on the site. 

A significant feature of the new hospital is the co-location of all critical care units on one floor, including birthing, theatres, neonatal ICU and paediatric ICU. 

Besides, a four-bed integrated ICU for women will be co-located with the Paediatric ICU, enabling women requiring high-level care to stay within the New WCH instead of being transferred to the Royal Adelaide Hospital. 

This project, anticipated to be the first 100% electric public hospital in SA, is expected to be completed by 2030-2031. 

Women’s and Children’s Health Network CEO Rebecca Graham said: “We want to build a new hospital for 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 future, that community deserves and needs.”