2017-18 State Budget Provides For Hospital Upgrades In Adelaide’s North And South

2017-18 State Budget Provides For Hospital Upgrades In Adelaide’s North And South

South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill

Major Hospital Upgrades In Adelaide’s North And South

Victor P Taffa

State Government will invest $56 Million over 4 years in modern emergency departments and new operating theatres, as hospitals in Adelaide’s north and south benefit from the State Government’s largest ever investment in suburban hospitals.

“We are undertaking a record investment in our metropolitan hospitals, and the Lyell McEwin and Flinders Medical Centre are at the heart of public health care for people of the north and the south.” Premier Jay Weatherill said.

“Opening of the New Royal Adelaide Hospital marks a turning point in our modernisation of South Australia’s health system. All hospitals now have developed centres of excellence for medical care and operate as part of a network providing high-level clinical outcomes.”

More than 180 full-time equivalent jobs are expected to be supported during the redevelopment and construction stages of upgrades at the Lyell McEwin Hospital and the Flinders Medical Centre.

 

“Over recent years as we have invested in health services in the north, the Lyell McEwin Hospital emergency department has had significant increases in presentations.” Minister for Health Jack Snelling said.

“This is why we are making this substantial investment in the Lyell McEwin Hospital to expand the emergency department, to make certain the facilities continue to respond to the needs of the community.”

Flinders Medical Centre will cement its reputation as the centre for complex care in Adelaide’s south with an investment of $3.5 Million to create 2 additional operating theatres, taking the number of theatres available from 10 to 12.

Lyell McEwin Hospital will receive $52.5 Million to create a new, bigger, world-class emergency department that meets the needs of the growing population in the northern suburbs.

“As part of the largest ever investments in our health system, we are committing $56 Million to modernise and expand the Lyell McEwin Hospital and Flinders Medical Centre.” Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis said.

Funding is part of a $1.1 Billion investment in public hospitals in the 2017-18 State Budget.

Background

Between 2002 and 2016, the State Government has invested $314 Million to upgrade the Lyell McEwin Hospital and $378.5 Million to expand and improve facilities at Flinders Medical Centre.

Current works at Flinders Medical Centre, including the new palliative care unit, state-of-the-art rehabilitation centre, and multi-storey car park are expected to be finished later this year.

SA Health is also investing $3 Million during 2017-18 to expand the Emergency Department at Flinders Medical Centre, with 12 additional cubicles ensuring we continue to provide state-of-the-art emergency care for our ever-growing Southern suburbs.

Construction is expected to begin mid next year at the Lyell McEwin Hospital.