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July 7, 2021

South Australia unveils new $1.5bn Women’s and Children’s Hospital design

With 59 new treatment spaces, the hospital will be able to accept nearly 21,400 more patients each year.

The Government of South Australia has unveiled the design of the new Women’s and Children’s Hospital (nWCH), which is expected to cost a total of approximately $1.5bn (A$1.95bn).

To be co-located with the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH), the new 12-floor, 108,000m2 facility will be bigger than the existing 96,000m2 hospital.

Certain non-clinical services will be moved offsite to create additional space for treatment areas.

The nWCH will feature the capacity for treating about 21,400 more patients per year owing to 59 additional treatment spaces compared to the existing hospital.

These additional treatment spaces will enable the admission of 3,400 more inpatients and 18,000 more emergency department attendances each year.

The new project will nearly double the emergency department with its treatment spaces growing from 24 to 43. Apart from beds, the additions include neonatal cots, theatres and recovery bays.

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Outpatient rooms in the nWCH will be 170, representing 30 additional than the existing facility. The total number of women’s assessment service spaces will be 14.

Furthermore, the new hospital will have more than 1,200 car parks. It is set to become Australia’s first 100% electrically powered hospital.

South Australia Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said: “The Women’s and Children’s Hospital was the first Australian hospital specialising in health services for women, babies, children and young people, and the facility has provided excellent care to families for more than 140 years.

“However, the aging infrastructure and inflexibility of the current site does not reflect the needs of the South Australian community today.

“The new hospital will have a substantial positive impact on the quality of tertiary health services being delivered to women and children in metropolitan Adelaide and rural and regional South Australia.”

The total A$1.95bn hospital cost is inclusive of the base build, additional delivery expenses such as the multi-level car park, equipment, bridge and other roadworks, among others.

This estimated cost is subject to an Infrastructure South Australia review.

In May this year, the Government of Queensland in Australia and Mater Health Services announced a collaboration to deliver a new public hospital with 174 beds in Springfield.

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