Building a New
Women's & Children's
Hospital

Building a New
Women's & Children's
Hospital

We have planned and designed a new $1.95 billion Women’s and Children’s Hospital with construction expected to begin in late 2022.

What we said we'd do

Build a new Women’s and Children’s Hospital co-located with the new Royal Adelaide Hospital.

What we've done

The Marshall Liberal Government has planned and designed a new $1.95 billion Women’s and Children’s Hospital (nWCH), with construction expected to begin in late 2022.

With 500 treatment spaces, it will provide more bed capacity, more operating theatres, and an emergency department nearly double the size of the current one.

Co-location with the RAH means there will be direct access to an adult Intensive Care Unit. This means that a new mother who becomes seriously ill will no longer need to be separated from her newborn child and transferred to another hospital. Access to the RAH’s helipad will also provide quicker access to life-saving treatment for seriously ill children, babies and their mothers.

While we build the new hospital, we are investing in the current WCH with an upgraded neonatal intensive care unit, theatres, paediatric emergency department and mental health ward.

Labor originally promised to build a nWCH alongside the new RAH but then broke this promise – proposing instead to build two hospitals – one for women by 2024 and another one for children at some future point in time, at an undisclosed site and for an undisclosed cost.

This was an unacceptable solution that was not supported by health workers and would have compromised the care of women and children in our state.

In contrast, we are ensuring South Australians have access to quality healthcare, closer to home which is why we're building a nWCH as part of our record investment in our state’s health system.

What it means for you

  • Complex and emergency healthcare for mothers, babies and young children is available quicker, saving lives
  • World-class facilities and best practice healthcare for young families
  • More beds across our hospital network easing pressure on emergency departments and fixing ramping

Policy snapshot

  • Our new Women’s and Children’s Hospital will have 500 treatment spaces and an emergency department nearly double the size of the current one.
  • We scrapped Labor’s plan to compromise the healthcare of women and children in our state by building two separate hospitals – one for women and one for children elsewhere.
  • The nWCH is part of a record, annual $7.4 billion investment in our state’s health system to fix ramping, ease pressure on emergency departments and deliver better healthcare, closer to home.
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We have planned and designed  a new $1.95 billion Women’s and Children’s Hospital with construction expected to begin in late 2022.

We have planned and designed a new $1.95 billion Women’s and Children’s Hospital with construction expected to begin in late 2022.