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Information for the community – Updated 23 May 2022
The Women's and Children's Hospital is located on the traditional lands for the Kaurna people, and we respect their spiritual relationship with their Country. We also acknowledge that the Kaurna people are the custodians of the Adelaide region, and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices and names of people who have passed away.

Vision and Scope

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Our vision for the nWCH is to provide holistic, world-class healthcare and facilities in South Australia for babies, children, young people, women and their families.

Business Case Summary

The South Australian Government has committed to the development of a new Women’s and Children’s Hospital (nWCH) located immediately west of, and connected directly to, the Royal Adelaide hospital and the Adelaide BioMed City.


The new Women’s and Children’s Hospital will provide:

  • 500 treatment spaces – 59 more than the current site
  • An Emergency Department almost double the size of the current ED (24 to 43 treatment spaces)
  • More beds, neonatal cots, theatres, and recovery bays
  • 170 outpatient rooms – 30 more than the current site
  • 14 Women’s Assessment Service spaces
  • In-room accommodation for parents or carers to stay with their baby or child in wards, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Special Care Baby Unit
  • Parent accommodation suite including bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms
  • Parent lounges near NICU
  • 1,215 car parks – almost double what is available at the current site
  • Approximately 108,000m² (excluding carpark and outdoor space) - up from 96,000sqm
  • 12 floors
  • A pedestrian bridge over the rail line that will enable children and families to cross from the nWCH to Adelaide’s Park Lands for respite and play
  • Two air link bridges connecting the nWCH to the RAH for use of the helipad, Intensive Care Unit and other clinical services 
  • Main entry on Level 3 with views to the western Park Lands and access to a landscaped play space, retail and consumer facilities
  • Emergency vehicle access to the ED at the rear of the hospital
  • More children's play areas, outdoor areas, and respite areas
  • Australia’s first 100 percent electric hospital.

Our new hospital will help meet the growing and changing health needs of the South Australian community.