Funding boost to maintain Women’s and Children’s Hospital

The Women's and Children's Hospital will benefit from $50 million worth of sustainment works, announced by the Marshall Liberal Government today.

The Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said the upgrades include vital infrastructure projects that will ensure the Women's and Children's Hospital (WCH) will be able to continue to provide high quality, safe care.

“As the major hospital for some of the state’s most vulnerable people, it is essential the WCH continues to operate at the highest standard,” Minister Wade said.

“The new hospital (nWCH) is several years away and we can’t neglect those who need services now.

“The State Government won’t let the current site go to rack and ruin while works on the new hospital progress.

“I want to reassure the people of South Australia that these works have been carefully considered to ensure families and taxpayers receive the greatest benefit.”

Works include:

  • $15m Child Adolescent Mental Health Ward relocation and redevelopment with outdoor space and High Dependency area.
  • $14m Neonatal Nursery redevelopment to expand the treatment space providing better access for consumers and staff.
  • $5.9m Paediatric Emergency Department redevelopment, with improved triage area, dedicated Mental Health Assessment Spaces and three extra treatment areas.
  • $11.8m Operating Theatres refurbishment in their current locations.
  • $2.7m Engineering and ICT infrastructure upgrades.

Lindsey Gough, CEO Women’s and Children’s Health Network, says there’s been an extensive period of consultation on the sustainment works.

“We have worked closely with our consumers, staff and stakeholders to ensure these works represent the best value to South Australian families,” Ms Gough said.

“We’ve taken into account areas most in need of upgrade, those that will provide the most benefit to our patients and can be completed within a reasonable timeframe.

“This is a really exciting time for our network as we look towards planning for a new hospital and these upgrades will help inform new models of care and design how we work at the nWCH.

“I want to thank everyone for the work they’ve done so far and for their patience as the works begin.”

Sustainment works will begin in a staged approach early in 2019.

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