New health facilities in the South unveiled

04 October 2017

The South Australian Government has today unveiled new, state-of-the-art health facilities at the Flinders Medical Centre in a game-changer for people living in the south.

Premier Jay Weatherill, Health Minister Peter Malinauskas and senior doctors and nurses from the Repatriation General Hospital and Flinders Medical Centre today toured the new, purpose-built facilities after the buildings reached technical completion.

The more than $185 million investment includes a 55-bed rehabilitation centre, a 15-bed palliative care facility, with a panoramic rooftop garden, and a 30-bed older personís mental health unit.

The new 1820 space carpark has already opened and will ensure appropriate capacity for the new services provided at Flinders Medical Centre.

The final touches to the building will continue over the next month ahead of services and patients relocating from the Repatriation General Hospital later this year.

Background

The Flinders Medical Centreís new rehabilitation facility will include state of the art gymnasiums, a hydrotherapy pool and robotic equipment.

Patients and families from the palliative care unit will have access to a large rooftop garden and 15 single rooms, all with individual bathrooms, providing greater privacy.

There will be more car parking with a new 1820 space multi-storey car park, 1260 more spaces than currently exist, to make it easier to visit loved ones.

The older personís mental health unit features 30 single rooms with private ensuites, expanded research and staff areas, and a large, bright courtyard garden as the centrepiece of the new facility.

Another $12 million has been invested in two new operating theatres and a day surgery unit at Noarlunga Hospital, and the Government has also committed $3 million to expand the Flinders Medical Centreís Emergency Department and $3.5 million to fit-out two new operating theatres.

Quotes attributable to Premier Jay Weatherill

Today is a landmark day for people living in the southern part of our city with the unveiling of these new outstanding facilities.

For many years, wonderful care has been provided by our doctors, nurses and allied health professionals at the Repatriation General Hospital and that same care will now be provided in these state-of-the-art facilities here at Flinders Medical Centre.

I am pleased to unveil these magnificent facilities today as we continue the modernisation of our health system right across the state.

Quotes attributable to Health Minister Peter Malinauskas

The new and modern facilities unveiled today demonstrate this Governmentís commitment to ensuring our patients and staff have access to the highest quality services in the local community.

These new facilities are one of the ways we are continuing to provide all the services currently offered at the Repat across health services in the south and at the soon to be opened Jamie Larcombe Centre.

The new rehabilitation facility here at Flinders will ensure patients can start their rehab sooner, which is vital to giving them the best chance of recovering and improving their quality of life.

The palliative care facilities have been designed especially for those in a vulnerable stage of life and are a significant improvement on what was previously available.

The older personís mental health unit has been designed specifically to meet the therapeutic and recovery-focused goals for older people with mental illness and complex dementia presentations, with improved patient flow by being on the Flinders site.

Quotes attributable to Southern Adelaide Local Health Network Clinical Director of Rehabilitation, Palliative and Aged Care Associate Professor Craig Whitehead

Having these services located at Flinders will enable rehabilitation, palliative care and mental health specialists to work closely with other specialists to offer advice and immediate care for complex patients.

In caring for people through rehabilitation, we know that older patients decondition quickly in hospital, which can lead to longer than expected hospital stays, so getting them mobile through active rehabilitation is very important.

Additional allied health, nursing and medical staff have been employed to support the increase in rehabilitation services across the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network.

The expanded rehabilitation services mean patients have greater access to rehabilitation, which is being delivered via inpatient beds, tele-rehabilitation, at home rehab and in outpatient settings.

 

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