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New Site Identified

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Posted 27 Sep. 2022

Planning and design of the new Women’s and Children’s Hospital (nWCH) has taken another significant step with the State Government announcing the SAPOL Barracks site as the new location for our state-of-the-art facility.

Planning and design of the new Women’s and Children’s Hospital (nWCH) has taken another significant step with the State Government announcing the SAPOL Barracks site as the new location for our state-of-the-art facility.

Our new hospital will be located separately near the Royal Adelaide Hospital providing space for a larger, better equipped Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and room for both hospitals to expand in the future.

Earlier this year, the State Government commissioned a review into the hospital’s location to understand all opportunities that may be available both on and around the proposed site.

After considering the review findings the Government determined the Barracks site to be the most appropriate location for our new hospital as it provides the flexibility required to meet clinical needs now and into the future.

Key clinical benefits of the new hospital on the Barracks site include:

  • 25% bigger than the current WCH
  • Critical care services; Birthing, Theatres, 23-hour ward, PICU and NICU all on one floor
  • Dedicated Heliport with direct access to critical clinical areas
  • 56 more overnight beds than the current WCH
  • Future capacity to provide a further 20 beds
  • Future proofing for cardiac surgery
  • Dedicated sterilisation facilities
  • An integrated 4 bed Intensive Care Unit to enable women requiring high care to remain at the nWCH
  • Park Lands connectivity to assist families and enhance patient care
  • Eliminates the risk of interruption to RAH clinical services during construction
  • The nWCH and RAH will both have future capacity to expand

The nWCH Project Team will now further explore the Barracks Site option through the development of a Master Plan.

We want to thank our clinicians, staff, consumers and key stakeholders for their significant expertise, time and effort in getting us to this point.

A large majority of the feedback and the clinical planning that has already been undertaken will be used to inform the Master Plan and the design of our new hospital at the new site.

The cost to build the nWCH will be resolved in early 2023, however based on current planning it is estimated that it may cost in the order of $3-3.2 billion.

Early works on engineering services and shared use paths and bridges are expected to start at the end of 2023.

Additional enabling works to prepare the site are planned to commence in 2024, while construction works are scheduled for completion in 2030-2031 and will be determined during future planning.

To view the fly-over video and latest artist impressions of the new hospital, visit our Gallery.

For more information, please view our Frequently Asked Questions.