The Queen Elizabeth Hospital redevelopment centrepiece nears completion

The key feature of The Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s (TQEH) $314 million redevelopment project is on track to open in July 2024.

All major construction work on the 5-level purpose-built clinical services building is now complete.

With fewer than 100 days until the new building opens, behind-the-scenes planning is taking place to ensure a safe and smooth transition of many services from the hospital’s existing 1950s tower. More than 1800 staff are expected to work in the new 27,000 square metre building.

The new clinical services building includes:

  • a larger emergency department
  • expanded operating theatres, pre-operative and recovery bays
  • a state-of-the-art intensive care unit
  • a larger medical imaging department
  • a centralised pathology laboratory
  • a modern procedure suite, including cardiac catheterisation laboratory
  • an upgraded central sterile supply department
  • multiple staff support areas.

The opening paves the way for the relocation of rehabilitation services from the Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre, ensuring the Woodville Road hospital also becomes a key provider of inpatient general rehabilitation services, including stroke, orthopaedics, amputation and burns.

The construction site is located adjacent to the existing hospital and associated health services – which currently provide inpatient, outpatient, emergency, and mental health services to more than 250,000 people living in Adelaide’s west. Building works were staged to minimise disruption and to enable hospital operations to continue.

Already completed redevelopment works include an upgraded cardiac catheterisation facilities, a spiritual care centre, an outpatients’ entrance, and the new 500 space multi-storey visitor’s car park which opened in December 2019.

Coming up

The hospital site will continue to expand, with construction of a new 24-bed mental health rehabilitation facility expected to commence in coming months.

These redevelopment projects will ensure TQEH is able to meet the growing health and wellbeing needs of the western suburbs now and in the future.