The State Liberal Government has acted to enable patients with chronic respiratory illnesses to access outpatient clinics within the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH).

Premier Steven Marshall welcomed the end of months of uncertainty for patients and staff who remain at the old Chest Clinic on North Terrace.

“I’m pleased the Chest Clinic, which provides support for people with chronic lung conditions such as Cystic Fibrosis, Tuberculosis and lung transplant, will now be located in the nRAH,” said Mr Marshall.

Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade welcomed the resolution of yet another patient welfare issue left by the former Labor Government at the trouble plagued hospital.

“It was wrong for these patients to be forced to travel the length of North Terrace to access these vital outpatient services,” said Minister Wade.

“Space has been identified within the RAH to house Cystic Fibrosis, lung transplant and Tuberculosis outpatient clinics, as well as a space for the management of home-based respiratory services.

“This lease agreement ends months of uncertainty for patients and staff, and will ensure patients of the Chest Clinic can return to having high-quality care on the same site as the RAH.

“The additional outpatient space was previously earmarked for private clinics but today, I am pleased to say we have secured the lease for these critical outpatient services.”

Chief Executive Officer of the Central Adelaide Local Health Network, Jenny Richter, said the resolution of the additional outpatient pace follows months of discussions and planning.

“The ability to co-locate the clinics within the RAH will provide a safer service to patients and significantly improve patient care,” Ms Richter said.

“This additional space will enable a reallocation of respiratory outpatient spaces between the existing space on Level 3 and the new leased space.

“It also addresses the distance issues that arose when the hospital relocated back in September last year.

“While we acknowledge this has taken some time to resolve, we would like to thank the patience of all those involved and we look forward to welcoming these remaining clinics and patients to the RAH community.”

The identified space requires minor infrastructure works prior to opening, which are expected to take approximately one month.

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