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The Women's and Children's Hospital is located on the traditional lands for the Kaurna people, and we respect their spiritual relationship with their Country. We also acknowledge that the Kaurna people are the custodians of the Adelaide region, and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.

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New Women's and Children's Hospital Project

New WCH Concept 1

Preliminary images for our new $1.95 billion Women's and Children's Hospital have been released, giving staff and the South Australian community a first look at what our world-class facility could look like.

First look at our new hospital

Preliminary images for our new $1.95 billion Women's and Children's Hospital have been released, giving staff and the South Australian community a first look at what our world-class facility could look like.

The release of the latest artist impressions represents a significant and exciting milestone in the planning for our new hospital.

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 the current hospital, 170 outpatient consultation rooms and 14 Women's Assessment Service treatment spaces.

It will also include 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.

Another notable feature is a new bridge over the rail line, which will enable children and families to cross from the nWCH to the 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.

As well as an intensive consultation and planning program, two independent peer reviews have been undertaken of the Schedule of Accommodation for the nWCH, which included benchmarking against peer hospitals, and which informed the proposed size and scope of the nWCH.

Our new facility will be larger than the size of the existing WCH, and will be able to meet clinical requirements and future demand to continue to deliver healthcare services of the highest standard for South Australian women and children.

Four cost peer reviews were commissioned which support the $1.95 billion cost estimate – two independent reviews and two Department for Infrastructure and Transport reviews, which all support the cost estimate.

The nWCH costing is subject to a further Infrastructure South Australia review which may impact estimated project costs.

If you have questions about the new hospital, please contact the dedicated email address nWCHengagement.

Please note: These images represent a point in time and will continue to evolve during the design phase.

Community Participation – Get Involved!

It's important to us that the new Women's and Children's Hospital and healthcare services meet the needs of the people who use them so we are inviting consumers and the South Australian community with lived experience to help plan and design our new hospital.

We are excited to have as many different voices involved in our planning. The smallest suggestions can make a big difference such as adding new family spaces, widening a door or creating a welcoming and comfortable space for parents to make a cup of coffee.

We understand that everyone is busy at different times with commitments so the level of involvement you choose is up to you. There are a number of ways you can be involved such as participating in regular meetings and consultation discussions, once-off focus groups, online surveys, or you may just want to receive regular digital updates and keep an eye on what consultations are coming up.

If you'd like to make a difference and get involved in our planning, you can register your interest today by completing the survey below.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

nWCH Environmentally Sustainable Design Features

The nWCH will be the first brand new hospital in Australia to be 100 percent electric.

The new, purpose-built hospital will be connected to an electricity source that is either supplied from the State's highly renewable electricity grid or through on-site electricity generation and storage, rather than through the State's mains gas network. This means the heating, hot water and kitchen functions within the new building will not be powered by fossil fuels.

The State Government's commitment to a 100 percent renewable electricity grid by 2030 and SA Water's zero emissions future will mean the nWCH will be the most sustainable major public hospital in Australia.

It is estimated that the all-electric nWCH will help avoid an additional 2,178 tonnes of greenhouse emissions each year, the equivalent of taking approximately 700 vehicles off the road.

The nWCH will also include the following environmentally sustainable design features:

  • Capture and storage of rainwater and connection to recycled water supply for suitable uses (landscape watering, toilet flushing, building services)
  • Design for waste-to-landfill minimisation
  • High quality internal environment through access to nature and natural lighting to improve hospital amenity for staff and consumers
  • Resilient design including capacity to withstand projected climate change events

Low emissions building materials that are preferably locally made (minimising transportation emissions and stimulating the local economy).

How to design and build the new WCH

Building a new Women's and Children's Hospital is a challenging and exciting process, and that's why we are working closely with our clinicians, staff and consumers during the planning, design and delivery phases of the project to ensure we build a new hospital that is tailored to our community’s unique needs.

The project will undergo three distinct phases; planning, design and delivery. This comprehensive process ensures our new hospital will meet the future health needs of our community and staff.

Here's a step-by-step guide for how we're going to plan, design and deliver our new hospital.

Consultation

Our clinicians, staff, consumers and the broader South Australian community will play a significant role in shaping our new hospital.

Their input is key to what we do, how we do it and how we plan and design our new hospital.

We look forward to providing you with further updates about our planning work as we continue on this exciting journey together.

nWCH Project Resources

nWCH Vision and Guiding Principles

Our vision for the new Women's and Children's Hospital is to provide holistic, world-class healthcare and facilities in South Australia for babies, children, young people, women and their families.

Current phase – June 2021