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Carpark extension creates dozens of jobs

Major works are underway on the Lyell McEwin Hospital (LMH) $7 million carpark extension, which is expected to create dozens of jobs in Adelaide’s northern suburbs.

The works are part of the South Australian Government’s billion-dollar investment into health care infrastructure.

The extension to the western side of the existing multi-deck carpark will add an additional 205 car parks across five levels to cater for increasing demand.

Sarah Construction was awarded the contract and will deliver the upgrade in stages to reduce the impact to car park users.

It is part of the State Government’s efforts to ease pressure on the hospital’s emergency department by expanding resuscitation, paediatric assessment, short stay and acute treatment areas and adding a new Mental Health Short Stay Unit.

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SA Health and Wellbeing Minister Stephen Wade said the works will ensure people are able to get the care they need closer to home.

“We know that, with the growing population in the north, demand on local health care services has increased, resulting in both visitors and staff often struggling to find car parking,” he said.

“The major extension works to the multi-deck will provide a total of 1,432 car parks on site at LMH to alleviate that pressure.

“As part of the car park extension works, dozens of construction workers will be on site throughout the build.”

The South Australian Government has also entered into a lease agreement with Northwest Healthcare Australian Property Pty Ltd and Perpetual Corporate Trust for 250 additional dedicated staff car park spaces on Haydown Road.

Northern Adelaide Local Health Network Acting Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Andrew McGill, said the extension to the car park is the next stage in the $58 million redevelopment at Lyell McEwin Hospital.

“The car park extension is a critical part of the upgrades of the existing Emergency Department (ED), which includes expanding the resuscitation, paediatric assessment, short stay and acute treatment areas, and a new Mental Health Short Stay Unit to the LMH,” McGill said.

“While we’ll lose around 67 existing car parks to make way for the new ED expansion, the extra car parking spaces will further increase safety and ensure easier access to the hospital for both visitors and staff.

“We thank our staff, patients and visitors to the hospital for their patience during construction of the car park and upcoming redevelopment of the hospital.”

The carpark expansion is expected to be completed in the second half of 2020, with the 250 additional staff car park spaces also expected in a similar time.

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