Queen Elizabeth Hospital Redevelopment to Begin Next Year

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The South Australian Government has invested $22 million for the redevelopment and upgrade of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

More than $136 million has already been invested in the two-stage Queen Elizabeth Hospital redevelopment since 2002, and Stage 3A is due to begin early next year.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital redevelopment is a Transforming Health project. Stage 1 of the project cost $34.7 million and was completed in 2004. It included a new inpatient building with 200 beds which replaced outdated wards.

Stage 2 cost $127 million and was completed through 2008 and 2009.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital Redevelopment (Stage 2):

• A three-level inpatient building with 72 surgical and inpatient medical beds
• Ambulatory rehabilitation facilities
• Oncology ambulatory, haematology and renal dialysis facilities
• A multi-storey car park
• A research building
• An upgrade of site infrastructure services

Stage 2B was completed in 2013 and cost $162 million. It included a 20-bed mental health facility for older patients and a rehabilitation building.

Stage 3A will include the construction of a clinical services building which will be home to outpatient clinics, imaging and nuclear medicine, an extended emergency care unit, the emergency department and an operating theatre which will include support services.

The redevelopment means quicker mental health treatment for patients, shorter waiting times, more elective surgery, more rehabilitation services, and increased specialist care.

Maree Geraghty, Central Adelaide Local Health Network interim chief executive, said that building the rehabilitation centre will require converting shared bedrooms into single bedrooms which will have ensuites. “This will improve the patient experience”, Ms Geraghty said.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital provides mental health, emergency, outpatient and inpatient services to approximately 250,000 people who live in the western suburbs of Adelaide.

Major construction is expected to begin between January and March next year, and should be finished by sometime between April and June in 2018.

Sources: Adelaide Now, SA Health, Transforming Health, NICS.

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