The Queen Elizabeth Hospital

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital will undergo an upgrade to become a centre for rehabilitation and a dedicated, specialist centre for multi-day surgery. These changes are part of Transforming Health, the South Australian Government’s commitment to improving our public healthcare system to provide you with the best care, first time, every time.

Building on our investment

Since 2002, a total of $136 million has been invested to complete a two stage redevelopment of The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.  It includes:

  • the Stage 1 construction of a new 200 bed inpatient building to replace outdated ward facilities
  • the recently completed Stage 2 construction of:
    • a new three-level inpatient building, comprising 72 inpatient medical and surgical beds
    • a new 20-bed older patient mental health facility
    • ambulatory rehabilitation facilities
    • renal dialysis, haematology and oncology ambulatory care facilities
    • a new research building
    • a new multi-storey car park
    • a significant upgrade of site infrastructure engineering services.

We now want to build on this investment to ensure our healthcare system provides consistent, quality care first time, every time.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital will always be part of the local community

Local health services will continue at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital. For example, you can still receive treatment for ongoing conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney dialysis and mental health. In fact, most specialist outpatient services currently provided at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital will continue to be provided there.

Fast emergency care, 24-hours a day, 7 days a week

In an emergency, always call 000. Please do not self-present to a hospital or your local GP.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Emergency Department will continue to provide emergency care to the local community, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Only patients with once-in-a-lifetime, life-threatening emergencies, such as a major car accident, stroke or heart attack, which currently account for a very small percentage of patients taken by ambulance to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Emergency Department, will be taken directly to a major metropolitan hospital, like the Royal Adelaide Hospital. For everyone else, 24 hour emergency care will still be provided at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Dedicated multi-day elective surgery centre

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital will become a dedicated, specialist centre for multi-day surgery, and will increase its provision of elective day surgery procedures. Having a separate, dedicated elective surgery centre will mean fewer postponements due to emergency surgery, as well as shorter waiting times and better planned and managed care for you and your family.

Significant expansion in rehabilitation services at
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital will become a centre for rehabilitation. The facilities will be upgraded, including a new hydrotherapy pool as well as new allied health facilities, accommodating a significant expansion in capacity.

Allied health professionals will be available seven days a week, to support your recovery and ensure you get the treatment you need, as soon as possible.

Discussions with clinicians, nurses and allied health staff at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre are continuing so that we can determine the most appropriate physical location and placement of services within The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Once these decisions have been made, we will provide further information on this website, as well as via information stands at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

We will also be providing more at-home care so that you can remain with loved ones in familiar surroundings.

Local health services will continue at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Local health services will continue at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital. For example, you can still receive
treatment for ongoing conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney dialysis and mental health.
In fact, most specialist outpatient services currently provided at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital will continue to be provided there.

Working with the Royal Adelaide Hospital

Under Transforming Health, the Royal Adelaide Hospital and then the new Royal Adelaide Hospital and The Queen Elizabeth Hospital will work together and complement each other to deliver the best care for you and your family.

As one of the most technologically advanced hospitals in Australia, the new Royal Adelaide Hospital will be equipped to provide patients with a comprehensive range of clinical care. In addition to the services currently provided by the Royal Adelaide Hospital, the new hospital will include a specialist spinal and brain injury rehabilitation service, a major stroke unit with staff and support onsite 24 hours a day, and a major complex multi-trauma Emergency Department with senior doctors rostered onsite around the clock.

Under the changes planned as part of Transforming Health, cardiac and stroke patients from the western suburbs will be taken directly to the state of the art new Royal Adelaide Hospital where there will be 24/7 access to all of the specialist diagnostic support needed.

This will reduce the need to transfer acutely ill patients between hospitals, or the need to call a specialist team in from home; ensuring minimal disruption and stress for patients.

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