THE $58 million upgrades planned for Lyell McEwin Hospital Emergency Department (ED) and Short Stay Mental Health Unit have been revealed and submitted for planning approval. State health minister Stephen Wade said the major redevelopment plans will almost double the capacity of the ED to cater for increased demand and projected population growth in the north.
“The ED activity at the Lyell McEwin Hospital has increased significantly over the past decade from 42,000 to more than 76,000 presentations last financial year, and activity is projected to continue to increase annually,” Mr Wade said. “The plan is to develop a three-storey building development, north of the existing emergency department, which will alleviate pressure on the Emergency Department into the future.
“The purpose-built eight-bed Short Stay Mental Health Unit will provide a more suitable care environment for mental health patients requiring a short stay, and improve patient flow through the Emergency Department.” Other facilities to be built include additional capacity for adult treatment spaces in ED; expanded dedicated paediatric assessment and treatment spaces; an Emergency Extended Care Unit; a new reception, waiting and triage area; and new quick assessment and discharge facilities.
There will also be additional resuscitation triage capabilities; a dedicated ambulance arrival area for patient transfers; expanded dedicated paediatric assessment and treatment spaces; a new bulk decontamination unit; and work stations and education spaces for staff added to the hospital as part of the upgrades.
The announcement comes only a week since the government revealed it would spend $7 million to build a new multi-storey car park at the hospital.
Northern Adelaide Local Health Network chief executive Maree Geraghty said the redevelopment will be a major boost for the north. “The Lyell McEwin Hospital has continued to grow with the community over the past 60 years, and this expansion will help cater for the future health needs of the growing northern Adelaide population,” she said. “The project will be completed in stages in order for the existing Emergency Department to remain operational, and I thank our staff and community in advance for their patience while this project is under way.”
Construction is set to begin early next year and the upgrades are expected to be completed in 2022.
Jesse Neill Gawler Bunyip 7 August 2019