The current Women’s and Children’s Hospital (WCH), located in North Adelaide, began as the Adelaide Children’s Hospital in 1878, followed by the opening of the Queen Victoria Hospital in 1902.
In March 1989, the Women’s and Children’s Hospital was formed through an amalgamation of the Queen Victoria Hospital and the Adelaide Children’s Hospital. Merging these facilities paved the way for the provision of state of the art healthcare in one location.
The WCH’s infrastructure is ageing and needs to be rebuilt to ensure we can continue to deliver high-quality care and services for many years to come.
Some of the challenges posed by the existing WCH site include:
- The WCH does not have a facility for a women’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU), and relevant cases need to be transferred to the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH).
- The infrastructure is ageing, requiring continual and costly repairs.
- There is no helipad at the WCH, which can result in delays for patients as they need to be flown in to the RAH and transferred by ambulance to WCH.
- Less than optimal logistic flows between areas and departments within the WCH.
To address these challenges, the State Government has committed to build the nWCH on land directly adjacent to the RAH to:
- Allow direct access to the RAH’s adult clinical support services, including ICU and surgical support.
- Allow access to the RAH’s helipad, significantly reducing the time and risks associated with transferring neonatal, maternity and paediatric emergencies.
- Optimise the use and experience of medical staff across both facilities.
- Ensure a smoother transition for young people with long-term conditions from paediatric to adult medical services.
- Allow for improved care facilities, including outdoor areas and family resource rooms.
Building at a new site means there will be fewer disruptions to the operations of the current hospital while the new facility is being constructed.
The total $1.95 billion cost of the new hospital includes the base build, as well as other delivery costs such as a multi-level carpark, bridge and other roadworks, the Park Lands link, biomedical engineering, furniture, fittings, equipment, ICT infrastructure, contingency costs and relocation costs.
Four cost peer reviews were commissioned – two independent reviews and two Department for Infrastructure and Transport reviews. All four reviews support the cost estimate. The nWCH costing is subject to a further Infrastructure South Australia review which may impact estimated project costs.
Construction of the new Women’s and Children’s Hospital is scheduled to commence in late 2022 with the hospital expected to open in 2027.