The South Australia (SA) Government has announced the allocation of approximately A$15.4m ($10.3m) towards the redevelopment of the Whyalla Hospital and Health Service.

The redevelopment project is being funded jointly, with the SA government contributing A$4m and the Australian Government investing nearly A$11.4m. 

It aims to provide an enlarged and improved emergency department (ED) in the hospital along with a six-bed high dependency unit (HDU).

The government highlighted that the work involves expanding the existing capacity of the ED to accommodate 12 new treatment bays compared to the existing seven, resulting in a 70% increase.

Additional upgrades under this project will include the development of a negative pressure isolation room, a new triage and assessment zone, as well as two rooms for behavioural assessment of patients in distress.

The work is planned to take place in different stages and will incorporate new waiting rooms and reception areas designed for improved visibility.

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It also includes the delivery of clear pathways facilitating seamless patient transfers to operating theatres, acute care wards, and the mental health unit as per the requirement.

Meanwhile, the HDU upgrade work will involve relocating six beds to a space directly adjacent to the ED for the first time.

This unit is integral to the hospital’s operations, providing essential care and observation for patients requiring a higher level of treatment, the SA government noted.

By bringing the two units closer together, the government aims to improve patient management, ensuring that critically ill individuals receive prompt urgent care if their condition deteriorates.

The project also includes the development of kitchenettes, light-filled offices, and break room areas designed to enhance the comfort and functionality of the hospital’s staff.

Work is anticipated to begin later this year and is projected to be finished by the end of next year. The hospital will continue to deliver services without interruption during this project.

SA health and well-being minister Chris Picton said: “This is the biggest investment in the Whyalla Hospital and Health Service in a decade. The new birthing unit is already providing a wonderful service to the community in a fresh and welcoming space. Now, the ED and HDU are getting a revamp too.”