Plans have been revealed for the $96 million South Australian Modbury Hospital Upgrade, with works to begin in February.
A new 20 bed Palliative Care Unit is planned to be constructed as part of the project, along with updates to the façade and relocating the Outpatients Department to allow for more streamlined access.
The redevelopment will also include an expansion of the surgical floor, development of a four-bed High Dependency Unit, eight additional beds created in an Extended Emergency Care Unit (EECU) and co-locating the EECU with an upgraded 26 bed Short Stay General Medical Unit.
SA Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Stephen Wade, said the expansion will ease pressure on the busy emergency departments and modernise the facility, increasing capabilities and improving facilities for patients and staff.
“The innovative designs and relocation plans will enhance clinical collaboration between departments across Modbury hospital, and have positive flow on effects across the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NALHN),” Wade said.
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“An expert working group, led by independent clinicians, is developing a model for a four-bed High Dependency Unit at Modbury Hospital that will allow patients with complex needs to be treated locally, reducing the number of transfers to the Lyell McEwin Hospital,” he said.
NALHN Chief Executive Officer, Maree Geraghty, said more patients would be able to have surgery and recover closer to home with the total redevelopment of the surgical floor.
“The expansion of the surgical floor includes four theatres, a purpose-built surgical suite and additional procedure rooms, giving us capacity we haven’t had before,” Geraghty said.
“The EECU will be co-located with a 26-bed Short Stay General Medical Unit for patients who need care longer than 24 hours, but less than 72 hours, reducing the number of transfers to the Lyell McEwin Hospital,” she said.
“The new 20-bed Palliative Care Unit will be world-class and ensure patients are cared for in a suitable environment for end of life care, with improvements to include access to private garden areas and more natural light,” she said.
The project will be completed in phases and is expected to be complete in late 2021.