Works have begun to upgrade the existing Women’s and Children’s Hospital (WCH) in Adelaide, with Mossop Construction + Interiors commencing upgrade works on the operating theatres as well as relocation of some office spaces.
The upgrade is part of a $50 million sustainment program that will keep the current hospital providing world-class care while a new WCH is in the works.
“The State Government has invested $550 million towards the first works of a brand new WCH, but we also want to make sure South Australian families have the best facilities while planning continues.
“As the state’s major hospital for some of our most vulnerable citizens, it’s essential that the WCH can operate at the highest possible standard,” Premier Steven Marshall said.
This multi-million dollar upgrade will include:
- Child and Adolescent Mental health ward relocation and redevelopment to create and outdoor space and a high dependency area
- Neonatal Nursery redevelopment to expand the treatment space providing better access for families and staff
- Paediatric Emergency Department redevelopment, with improved triage area, dedicated mental health assessment spaces and three extra treatment areas
- Operating theatres refurbishment in their current location to create a friendly atmosphere for families
- Engineering and ICT infrastructure upgrades
“This new ward includes outdoor space, a high dependency area and a layout that will improve the way we care for young people with mental health conditions,” Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said.
Upgrade works on the Paediatric Emergency Department is set to begin in November and the redevelopment of the Neonatal Nursery as well as the new Mental Health facility will commence early next year.
Construction is going to be carried out in stages, with the entire upgrade completed by 2021.
“We have worked closely with out staff, consumers and stakeholders to ensure these works meet the needs of our patients and provide value to the taxpayer.
“The areas being upgraded are those most in need of works, will provide the most benefit to our patients and are able to be completed in a timely manner,” Women’s and Children’s Health Network CEO Lindsey Gough said.
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