Plans for a new clinical services building at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital have been boosted with an extra $50 million invested in the project, taking the total budget to $314 million.
The redevelopment is currently in the planning phase and will allow for many services in the existing tower building at the hospital, built in the 1950s, to move into the modern facility.
Rachael Kay, Central Adelaide LHN Executive Director for Capital Projects and Planning says the redevelopment ensures that the community has access to high-quality services in a state-of-the-art facility.
‘The Queen Elizabeth is a community hospital that staff and local people take great pride in, and the investment in the new facility is future-proofing healthcare for people in the western suburbs.’
Central to the planning for the building has been the involvement of hospital staff, patients and carers. They have been part of several user group workshops, where participants closely examine the floor plans and discuss ways to improve the layout to optimise patient and staff experience. This has ensured that the building will be patient-centred and meet the needs of the western suburbs community for years to come.
The clinical services building will include:
- 46 bay Emergency Department
- 52 bed rehabilitation unit
- 14 bed Intensive Care Unit
- 12 operating theatres
- 4 procedure rooms
- Cardiac catheterisation laboratory
- Recovery spaces
- Central Sterile Supply Department
- Medical Imaging department
- Pathology laboratory
- Staff support areas
Construction is due to commence in 2021.