About the Project
The South Australian Government has committed $1.95 billion to deliver a new Women’s and Children’s Hospital (nWCH).
Our new world-class facility, to be built next to the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH), will ensure South Australian families will have access to the most advanced hospital care, technology and medical research for generations to come.
Co-locating the nWCH next to the RAH will give women direct access to adult clinical support, including an intensive care unit (ICU). It will also provide access to the RAH’s helipad, significantly reducing the risk of transferring maternity, paediatric and neonatal emergencies.
Having both hospitals at the same location will also ensure a smoother transition for young people with long-term conditions from paediatric to adult services, and better person and family centred care facilities and services that enhance the experience for patients and their families.
The nWCH will be:
- a patient and family-focused environment based on the latest evidence and research-based design principles
- more comfortable for women giving birth, sick children, their families and carers, and staff
- surrounded by parklands with great views and plenty of natural light
- environmentally sustainable
- a child-friendly place with lots of interactive indoor and outdoor play areas
- easier for families and visitors to find their way around
- significantly larger than our current hospital, with the footprint growing from 96,000m² to 108,000m²
Our hospital has been delivering world-class care to millions of South Australians for more than 140 years, and soon it will have the facilities to match.
First look at our new hospital
Preliminary images for our new $1.95 billion Women's and Children's Hospital have been released, giving staff and the South Australian community a first look at what our world-class facility could look like.
The release of the latest artist impressions represents a significant and exciting milestone in the planning for our new hospital.
Our new world-class hospital, to be built next to the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) on Port Road, will include 500 treatment spaces – nearly 60 more than the current hospital, 170 outpatient consultation rooms and 14 Women's Assessment Service treatment spaces.
It will also include two air bridges linking our new hospital to the RAH to provide physical and clinical connectivity, giving women access to adult clinical support including the Intensive Care Unit, as well as access to the helipad. There will also be a link on level 1 which will provide back-of-house connectivity.
Another notable feature is a new bridge over the rail line, which will enable children and families to cross from the nWCH to the Park Lands, and the hospital's new multi-level carpark.
There will be more than 1,200 car parks – almost double what is available at our current site, and disability and pram parking will be closer to the hospital. This will greatly benefit many of the most frequent users of the hospital.
Our new hospital will also improve the transition of care to adult services for adolescents, enhance mental health care facilities, and will further education, training and research capabilities, being located within the Adelaide Biomed City.
The nWCH will become Australia's first all-electric hospital, helping to avoid an additional 2,178 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year – the equivalent of taking 700 vehicles off the road. It will be entirely powered by the South Australian electrical grid – the cleanest in the country, ruling out the need to rely on gas to power heating, hot water and kitchen functions within the building.
As well as an intensive consultation and planning program, two independent peer reviews have been undertaken of the Schedule of Accommodation for the nWCH, which included benchmarking against peer hospitals, and which informed the proposed size and scope of the nWCH.
Our new facility will be larger than the size of the existing WCH, and will be able to meet clinical requirements and future demand to continue to deliver healthcare services of the highest standard for South Australian women and children.
Four cost peer reviews were commissioned which support the $1.95 billion cost estimate – two independent reviews and two Department for Infrastructure and Transport reviews, which all support the cost estimate.
The nWCH costing is subject to a further Infrastructure South Australia review which may impact estimated project costs.
If you have questions about the new hospital, please contact the dedicated email address nWCHengagement@sa.gov.au.
Please note: These images will continue to evolve during the design phase.