Government go-ahead – Premier unveils preliminary images for a nWCH
The South Australian Government has announced it will invest $1.95 billion on a new Women’s and Children’s Hospital (nWCH), securing the project for South Australian women, children and their families for generations to come.
Today marks an exciting milestone in the history of the Women’s and Children’s Health Network, following the South Australian Government’s announcement it will invest $1.95 billion on a new Women’s and Children’s Hospital (nWCH), securing the project for South Australian women, children and their families for generations to come.
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 our current hospital.
Our clinicians called for an additional 55 treatment spaces and today that’s what the State Government is committing to delivering – a 13 per cent increase in the size of the current WCH.
The new purpose-built facility will also include 170 outpatient consultation rooms, and 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.
In other exciting news, a fly-over video for our new hospital has been released, giving staff and the South Australian community a first-look at what our world-class facility could look like.
Another notable feature is a new bridge over the rail line, which will enable children and families to cross from the nWCH to Adelaide’s 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.
Please note: the images represent a point in time and will continue to evolve during the design phase.