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Additional Treatment Spaces

nWCH News
Posted 20 Jun. 2021

The new Women’s and Children’s Hospital will have more treatment spaces and outpatient consulting rooms.

It was initially determined that 445 treatment spaces and 159 outpatient consultation rooms would be sufficient to meet the projected demand for the new hospital, and these numbers were endorsed by the Executive Steering Committee (ESC).

The clinical capacity was determined by factoring in a number of metrics, including population demographics, historical activity analysis and demand trends, as well as state-wide clinical services planning for women’s and children’s health services.

During the consultation period, some of our clinicians raised concerns that the planned treatment spaces did not fully consider or account for a range of factors, currently or in the future, and this would impact on their ability to continue to deliver high-level care to their patients.

In light of this feedback, two dedicated workshops with clinicians and executives were held to go through the feedback and make recommendations on the final proposed treatment capacity for the nWCH.

Our clinicians have recommended that the nWCH should have a clinical capacity of 500 admitted treatment spaces and 170 outpatient consulting rooms.

This is an increase of 55 treatment spaces and 11 outpatient consulting rooms from what the ESC originally endorsed. The ESC has now endorsed the clinicians’ requests.

Based on clinician input we are confident 500 is now the right number of treatment spaces and outpatient consulting rooms for our new hospital to meet clinical requirements and future demand so we can continue to deliver healthcare services of the highest standard for South Australian women and children.