nWCH fitting together, like the pieces of a puzzle


Health and Welfare Minister Stephen Wade said this is an exciting next step as we move from the planning phase to the design process and consider how the new hospital will be designed for meet both current health needs and future growth.

“Building a new hospital for women and children is a unique opportunity to provide holistic, state-of-the-art health care and facilities to families in South Australia for generations to come. Marshall’s Liberal government has committed $ 1.95 billion to build the nWCH and supporting infrastructure, ”said Minister Wade.

“These first high-level concept drawings identify where clinical services and departments could be located in each of the 12 levels of the building, and explore how best to fit into the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

“Health facility architects and planners, with input from staff, consumers and other stakeholders, put the different departments together, like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, the small pieces creating a larger picture of this. that our state-of-the-art hospital might look like.

“The nWCH will be physically larger than our current hospital with 59 additional treatment spaces and 30 additional outpatient spaces. We will continue to listen carefully and respond to feedback to ensure we have the right connections and flows within the nWCH to optimize patient care. “

Women’s and Children’s Health Network Executive Director Lindsey Gough said this first phase of design, commonly referred to as a ‘pack and battery,’ provides a clearer picture of how the new hospital will operate out of the 12 levels.

“The designs have been informed by a number of factors through engagement with advisory groups and other key stakeholders, and we look forward to receiving additional feedback from our clinicians, consumers and the community on this upcoming. step as we plan our future together, ”Ms. Gough said.

“Domestic and foreign evidence shows the benefits of a vertically designed hospital and contemporary healthcare design will ensure that the new facility will be adaptable and respond to changing models of care, while supporting clinical safety, flows efficient patients, pandemic mode and speed and reliable transfers, ”Ms. Gough said.

“We know there is much more detailed architectural work to be done, such as finalizing the size of the individual rooms, the layout of the workspaces and offices and the landscaping, but we are currently focusing on obtaining clinical spaces within the hospital as our priority. “
Women’s and Children’s Health Network, Executive Director of Medical Services, Dr James Rice, said the design of the nWCH identified the importance of easy access for women, children and their families to frequently used parts of the l hospital such as outpatient clinics, as well as close proximity to the Royal Adelaide Hospital for our most at-risk patients.

“These plans are well thought out and clearly put patient care at the center, while taking into account the needs of our staff,” said Dr Rice.

“The plans propose a clinical layout for the 12 levels of the new hospital, as well as two design options for ‘warm floors’ – areas that will provide essential services such as the pediatric intensive care unit, the nursing unit. neonatal intensive care units, special care Baby unit, and operating theaters.

“This is an important step in the design process and staff are encouraged to provide feedback on the proposed location of clinical spaces in the new building so that services can be integrated in the best possible way. “

The consultation on the plans is open for a period of three weeks, ending on November 22, 2021.

For more information and to give your opinion, visit: www.wch.sa.gov/nWCH

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