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Palliative Services will
relocate to Flinders
and will occupy the
fifth floor of a new
theatres at Noarlunga
Two new state of the art operating theatres
will be developed at Noarlunga Hospital,
building on the expertise at the hospital and
enabling people in the southern suburbs to
receive day surgery closer to home.
Part of the build will include refurbishing
surgical admission and recovery areas,
improving the patient journey and creating a
more spacious area for day surgery recovery.
Once the new theatres are established
there will be a total of six operating
theatres at the hospital dedicated to same
day elective surgery, resulting in fewer
postponements, shorter waiting lists and
improved patient care. Construction is
expected to begin by early 2016.
New Veteran mental
health precinct and
PTSD Centre for
An expert advisory panel including
clinicians, Veteran representatives,
consumers and carers has recommended
Glenside Health Service Campus as the
site for the new Veterans’ mental health
precinct including the Centre for Excellence
for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Under Transforming Health, $15 million
will be invested to establish a new state-of-
the-art Centre for Excellence for Veterans
to replace the ageing facility at the
Repatriation General Hospital.
Glenside Health Service Campus is centrally
located, can provide a private environment
and has car parking, public transport links
and access to recreational, community
and garden spaces as well as other on-site
Glenside Health Service Campus also
offers opportunities to build upon the
expertise, dedication, culture and traditions
of existing Ward 17 services, and bring
together clinical leaders, academic
researchers and Veteran support groups.
The Repatriation General Hospital provides
high quality services, but many of the current
public hospital facilities are outdated and
cannot provide all of the spaces, equipment
and layout needed for modern medical
treatments. In addition, best practice indicates
that some services, such as rehabilitation
services, should be co-located with acute
medical services to ensure they can start as
soon as the patient is ready.
Given the proximity of the Flinders Medical
Centre, it is not viable to rebuild or refit many
of the ageing public hospital buildings at the
Repatriation General Hospital. This means that
delivering Transforming Health will see most
clinical and rehabilitation services currently
provided at the Repatriation General Hospital
transitioned to other metropolitan hospitals or
locations. This will result in the public hospital
components of the Repatriation General
Hospital site becoming vacant.
The Repatriation General Hospital site has
been earmarked for health care, ageing,
teaching and community related purposes. It
remains a site with many potential future uses,
including, but not limited to:
• respite care
• retirement or other services for older people
• primary health services, such as a private
• teaching and other academic uses.
For more information on
Transforming Health, please visit
Future of the Repatriation General Hospital site
Flinders Medical Centre has been
recommended as the new site for Southern
Adelaide Palliative Services.
Transforming Health will see most clinical
services currently provided at the Repatriation
General Hospital relocated to other sites
across metropolitan Adelaide, including acute
medical, surgical and rehabilitation services.
This means that palliative care services
currently provided at Daw House Hospice
would not have been able to meet the clinical
standards required if it was to remain as stand-
alone unit on the site.
Southern Adelaide Palliative Services has
provided exceptional care to the community
for many years but the Daw House facility is
now outdated and a new, state-of-the-art
facility is needed to provide patients with the
care they need.
The palliative care service will be located
on the fifth storey of the proposed new
55-bed rehabilitation building at Flinders
Medical Centre. It will offer access to shared
spaces and a large rooftop garden, with 15
single rooms - all with individual bathrooms,
providing greater privacy for patients and their
families and a better working environment for
Construction on a new, 1240 space multi-
storey car park at Flinders Medical Centre
will also begin later this year, with both new
buildings due for completion by mid-2017.
Southern Adelaide Palliative Services
16 / OCTOBER 2015 / SOUTHERN HEALTH NEWS
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