$176.6 Million To Be Spent On Moving Royal Adelaide Hospital

$176.6 Million To Be Spent On Moving Royal Adelaide Hospital

South Australia Minister for Health Jack Snelling

Planning Our Move To The New Royal Adelaide Hospital

Victor P Taffa

A further $176.6 Million will be invested in transitioning from the current Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) to the new Royal Adelaide Hospital with both hospitals expected to be running in conjunction for approximately 73 days.

Mr. Snelling said tomorrow’s Mid-Year Budget Review would also show an adjustment to the date from which the hospital will be recognised as an asset on the State’s balance sheet from 2015/16 to 2016/17.

“An independent review of the progress of the SA Health Partnership against its master works program concludes that the project will not be complete until the 2016–17 financial year.” Mr. Snelling said.





“The review shows that the hospital is currently scheduled for completion in the second half of 2016.”

“While the commercial acceptance date in the contract is still in April 2016 and the Government is continuing to work to that date, tomorrow’s Mid-Year Budget Review will reflect the current schedule as identified in the independent review.”

Mr. Snelling said the architectural and functional design of the hospital was complete and planning for the project’s critical transition phase was progressing.

“Making the move from the current Royal Adelaide Hospital to the new hospital is a highly complex and intricate process, and we need to get it right.” Mr. Snelling said.

“Our priority is the wellbeing our patients, and making sure they’re suitably cared for during the transition and that is why we have invested an additional $176.6 Million.”

“That is also why we expect to have two hospitals running in conjunction for more than two months. We will not cut corners when moving from the existing Royal Adelaide Hospital to the new Royal Adelaide Hospital.”

New Royal Adelaide Hospital Program Director Andrew Nielsen said we needed to make sure that the hospital is fitted out appropriately, and that staff are trained in their new surroundings before patients are gradually moved across.

“We’ve looked at other hospitals which have recently opened, both in Australia and across the world, to learn the lessons of their transitions.” Mr. Nielsen said.

“To make the move as smooth as possible, the existing RAH and the new RAH are expected to both be operational for around 73 days as services and patients gradually transition across.”

The New Royal Adelaide Hospital will include:

  • An emergency department capable of treating an extra 24,000 patients every year than the existing RAH;
  • 120 more beds, including 40 % more intensive care beds, than at the RAH’s current site;
  • 40 operating theatres – 5 more than at the current RAH and all larger at 65 sq m to allow for equipment like MRI scanners to be used during surgery;
  • Single rooms with ensuite bathrooms for patients, providing space for treatment and rehabilitation, the reduction of the risk of cross infection and greater comfort and privacy;
  • Gardens and open spaces across the site;
  • Advanced IT systems to improve patient safety, provide improved clinical and patient information;
  • A fleet of automatically guided vehicles to help move equipment and supplies around the hospital.