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New Women’s and Children’s Hospital Master Plan released

New WCH news item
nWCH News
Posted 6 Jul. 2021

The new Women’s and Children’s Hospital (nWCH) Project has reached another major milestone with the release of the Master Plan, marking the end of the planning phase for our new world-class facility.

The planning document reveals key details about the benefits our new hospital will deliver for South Australian women, children and their families.

The new facility will be significantly larger than our current hospital, with the footprint growing from 96,000m² to 108,000m², and some non-clinical services will be relocated offsite, resulting in even more space for patient treatment areas.

Our hospital has a proud heritage of delivering world-class treatment to the South Australian community and we are now another step closer to creating a hospital that matches the care offered by our dedicated doctors and nurses.

Key features of the nWCH include:

  • 500 treatment spaces – 59 more than the current site
  • An Emergency Department (ED) almost double the size of the current ED (24 to 43 treatment spaces)
  • More beds, neonatal cots, theatres and recovery bays
  • 170 outpatient consultation rooms - 30 more than the current site
  • 14 Women’s Assessment Service spaces
  • In-room accommodation suite including bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms
  • Parent lounges near NICU
  • 2 air link bridges to connect the nWCH to the RAH for use of the helipad, Intensive Care Unit and other clinical services 
  • A bridge over the rail line that will connect the site to the western Park Lands and the new multi-level car park
  • 1,215 car parks - almost double what is available at the current site
  • Disability and pram parking closer to the hospital
  • Main entry on Level 3 with views to the western Park Lands and access to a landscaped play space, retail and consumer facilities
  • Emergency vehicle access to the ED at the rear of the hospital
  • Approximately 108,000m² (excluding carpark and outdoor space)
  • 12 floors
  • More outdoor space, respite areas and children’s playing areas
  • Australia’s first 100 per cent electric hospital

The total $1.95 billion cost of the new hospital includes the base build, as well as other delivery costs such as a multi-level carpark, bridge and other roadworks, the Park Lands link, biomedical engineering, furniture, fittings, equipment, IT, contingency costs and relocation costs.

Early works to prepare the site are expected to start at the end of this year, while construction works are due to start late next year.

For further information, view the Frequently Asked Questions document about the nWCH Master Plan, or you can email the dedicated email address with any questions.