Why Transforming Health is needed in the north – Opinion: Simon Jenkins, Head of Anaesthesia, Lyell McEwin Hospital

5 April 2017

One of the main problems with our health system at the moment is that almost half of the patients that should be treated at Lyell McEwin Hospital or Modbury Hospital are being transferred across town to the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Flinders Medical Centre or The Queen Elizabeth Hospital for their elective surgery and acute medical care.

I don’t think that’s good enough for the north. We are expanding on the areas that we already have so we can provide a more complete service 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

We are adding additional services, such as dialysis and an additional angio suite.

We are expanding significantly on rehabilitation services at Modbury Hospital.

We are going to boost elective surgery at both the Lyell McEwin Hospital and Modbury Hospital, which will allow several thousand more operations every year.

When changes as part of Transforming Health are complete, patients in the north and north eastern suburbs will be able to receive their healthcare close to home and won’t need to travel to the other side of town for care.

Opinion piece by Simon Jenkins, Head of Anaesthesia, Lyell McEwin Hospital