They say that there’s no greater gift than the gift of childbirth, so really a $592 million investment into the future of women, newborns and children is the State Government’s way of saying thank you.

A new $528 million state-of-the-art Adelaide Women’s Hospital, will be co-located with the new Royal Adelaide Hospital and is expected to be completed by the end of 2024. The remaining $64.4 million will be used to upgrade the existing Women’s and Children’s Hospitalsite.

Premier Jay Weatherill says that the healthy investment will help to ‘protect the health of our women, children and newborns at some of the most vulnerable times in their lives.’

It’s all good news for mums and bubs, as the new Women’s Hospital will provide Australia’s highest standard of maternity and neonatal services. This includes:
• Fast access to the adult intensive care unit and sub-specialty medical and surgical services at the Royal Adelaide Hospital
• World-class care for pregnant women and newborns
• Gynecological services
• More beds in neonatal intensive care
• Specialty mental health services for mother’s and their infants
• Access to the new Royal Adelaide Hospital’s helipad

By the end of 2019 we will also see a plan for the relocation of the new Adelaide Children’s Hospital, located within the South Australian Health and Biomedical Precinct. Don’t hold your breath though, it is expected that the children’s services will remain at the current site for at least 10 years until relocation.

So what about the old Women’s and Children’s Hospital? The investment into the existing site will include:
• A new Medical Day Unit, providing high quality care to children who need renal dialysis and day medical treatment spaces for children, with 18 treatment bays
• Redeveloped clinical areas
• Upgraded engineering infrastructure

For more information visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au

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