Repatriation General Hospital
The Repatriation General Hospital provides high quality services, but many of the current facilities are outdated and cannot provide the spaces, equipment and layout needed for modern medical treatments.
- A new $15 million Veterans’ Mental Health Precinct, named The Jamie Larcombe Centre, will be established at Glenside Health Service Campus.
- Southern Adelaide Palliative Care Services will be located at Flinders Medical Centre.
- Services from the Repatriation General Hospital will be integrated into other hospitals, with Orthotics and Prosthetics SA (OPSA) and the Chapel, Museum and Remembrance Garden remaining at the Repatriation General Hospital site.
- The Open Daws submission was selected as the successful proponent for the future use of the Repatriation General Hospital.
- The proposed changes will occur over the next few years, not immediately. Services will only move when new infrastructure has been completed at other sites to accommodate them.
The best care for our Veterans
The Repatriation General Hospital’s Ward 17 provides excellent care for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) but the buildings that house it are unsuitable for a leading PTSD service. A new $15 million Veterans’ Mental Health Precinct, named The Jamie Larcombe Centre, will be established at Glenside Health Service Campus to provide mental health care to Veterans.
Comprehensive surgical services
Surgical services will be relocated to other hospitals. In the South, surgical services will be managed at Flinders Medical Centre and Noarlunga Hospital, with Flinders Medical Centre focussing on elective multi-day surgery and Noarlunga Hospital focussing on elective day surgery.
Mental health services
Mental health services for older people with acute mental health needs will be provided at Flinders Medical Centre in a new building. There will be more direct admissions to beds and less time in emergency departments.
A new way to deliver rehabilitation
Rehabilitation is most successful when it starts as soon as you are ready. That’s why we are integrating rehabilitation into our hospitals. The rehabilitation services currently provided at the Repatriation General Hospital will be integrated into a new rehabilitation building at Flinders Medical Centre, with 55 additional rehabilitation beds and new gyms and a hydrotherapy pool.
A single statewide model of care for orthogeriatric services will be established across Flinders Medical Centre, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Lyell McEwin Hospital.
Outpatient services will be relocated to other hospital sites where inpatient or rehabilitation services are also provided for patients.
Palliative care services
Daw House Hospice cannot meet the Clinical Standards as a stand-alone unit when medical, surgical and rehabilitation services relocate to other sites. A Clinical Working Party has recommended Flinders Medical Centre as the new location for Southern Adelaide Palliative Services.
Flinders Medical Centre is the most suitable location as it offers co-location with acute services. The service will be located on Level 5 of the proposed new rehabilitation building at Flinders Medical Centre and will offer access to shared spaces and a large rooftop garden.
These changes will not happen immediately and you will be kept up to date with any changes at the Repatriation General Hospital before they happen.