Staff and community help planning for TQEH redevelopment

Residents in Adelaide’s west will have access to world-class care in a world-class facility, as part of the major redevelopment at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH).

Planning is well underway for the project with the centrepiece being a new clinical services building, to be located on the existing northern carpark site.

The local community, staff and consumers have been involved in the planning process which is underway and design workshops are currently being held to help finalise the concept design.

Medical Lead Critical Care & Perioperative Services, Dr Sarah Flint, has been involved in the workshops and is excited about the new facility and the opportunities it will create.

“The clinical services building is much needed and will bring huge benefits to the community and will support contemporary patient care.”

In the workshops, participants work with the architects to co-design the floor plan and location of rooms within their service area, and to optimise patient and staff flows within and across departments.

“Since planning began in 2018 we have met with hundreds of staff, past and present patients and community members,” said Rachael Kay, Executive Director Capital Works and Planning.

“By bringing different stakeholder groups together, it allows everyone to gain an understanding of each other’s needs.

“It’s ensured the clinical services building will be centred on the needs and input of the community that will be using it, and meet best practice for the delivery of leading healthcare.”

Early works have just commenced to improve existing infrastructure and make way for the major build which will commence in 2021.

There will be further engagement activities to come to involve user groups in finalising the concept design, and to create the arts and culture strategy for the redevelopment.

Pictured are participants at the perioperative design workshop: Nurse Lead Critical Care & Perioperative Services Trent Batchelor, NUM Aaron Sampson, Medical Lead for Critical Care & Perioperative Services Dr Sarah Flint and Head of Anaesthesia Associate Professor Roelof Van Wijk.