Women’s and Children’s Hospital

The Women’s and Children’s Hospital will continue to provide vital care to South Australian families. As part of our plan, the Women’s and Children’s Hospital will continue as the State’s leading provider of emergency and elective paediatric care, obstetric, neonatal and gynaecological care, and statewide child and adolescent mental health services.

We will plan for the earlier relocation of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital to the South Australian Health and Biomedical Precinct, with the new Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Relocation of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital

The relocation of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital to the South Australian Health and Biomedical Precinct on North Terrace will be brought forward as much as possible so that women’s and children’s services are alongside an adult intensive care unit and a wide range of adult speciality services are available for mothers. This means that mothers and babies will stay together, even if there is a medical emergency, reducing stress, enhancing bonding and assisting early childhood development.

The new Women’s and Children’s Hospital will retain its own identity, decision‑making and a physical environment commensurate with leading practice for babies, children, young people and women.

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

The Women’s and Children’s Hospital will continue to be a 24-hour major Emergency Department and the paediatric complex multi-trauma hospital for the State. The hospital will have senior doctors and nurses on-site 24-hours a day to ensure rapid decision-making, as well as 24-hour diagnostic and imaging services, as appropriate. This means that the right specialised teams and equipment will be available whenever major emergencies occur. In an emergency you should always call triple zero (000).

The best paediatric surgery

The Women’s and Children’s Hospital will provide statewide services and governance for complex surgery and paediatric surgery. Statewide governance will bring together the clinical leaders from all relevant sites to develop an evidence based model of care, ensuring the best care for the State’s youngest surgical patients.

A partnership for children’s care

The Women’s and Children’s Hospital will work in partnership with other hospitals, such as Flinders Medical Centre and Lyell McEwin Hospital with statewide governance, to provide excellent emergency and elective surgical care for children. Level 6 Neonatal services will continue at Women’s and Children’s Hospital and Flinders Medical Centre.

Comprehensive maternity care

To improve the health of babies and mothers across the State, the Women’s and Children’s Hospital will provide statewide governance for high complex maternity services. This means most complex medical services will be provided at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, while all other services will be provided at the relevant local hospital. All low risk, non-complex maternity care will be provided at hospitals closer to home so that mothers and babies can stay closer to their families.

These changes will not happen immediately and you will be kept up to date with any changes at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital before they happen.

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Information for Staff

Information about the next steps for Transforming Health and the Women’s and Children’s Hospital are outlined in Delivering Transforming Health – Our Next Steps.

Reconfiguring how we deliver our services may mean changing the ways we work and, for some, where, at what times and in teams that are formed in new ways. With change will come opportunities for our staff to develop in their roles, enhance their skill sets, and demonstrate their capacities to lead.

Transforming Health is the beginning of the conversation. As we work to decide the models of care that will best serve our goal of truly patient-centred care, consultation will continue with clinicians, staff and the unions that represent them.

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