Neonatal Unit at Flinders Medical Centre Upgrade

Stage 1 of a $17.5 million upgrade to the Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) Neonatal Unit is now complete, and the hospital’s tiniest patients have moved in.

Head of the FMC Neonatal Unit, Associate Professor Peter Marshall, said FMC treated approximately 1,250 sick and preterm babies each year from across South Australia, and up into the Northern Territory.

He said the unit had been designed specifically for the needs of sick and premature babies, with a special emphasis on provision of space and privacy to allow families to bond with and actively contribute to their baby’s care.

“Since FMC opened in the 1970s, there have been very substantial improvements in the care of neonates and we are thrilled to be moving these precious babies into the most technologically advanced unit in SA.”

The new unit was officially opened by Health and Wellbeing Minister Stephen Wade on 28 July 2018.

“The redevelopment of the neonatal facility incorporates state-of-the-art technology and is based on a family-integrated model of care,” Minister Wade said.

“The FMC neonatal unit has a national reputation for providing world-class care for high risk preterm newborn babies and their families, with a track record of clinical innovation, the use of information technology, and research.

“It is also recognised for having one of the highest rates of survival without disability of infants that are born extremely preterm (< 28 weeks) in Australia and New Zealand.”

He said FMC’s strong reputation would be cemented by the opening a larger neonatal unit, which has been designed with families at the centre of their baby’s care.

“The redevelopment will not only benefit residents in Adelaide’s south – it will continue to accommodate some of the most critical and complex cases from around the State and from the Northern Territory.”

The new neonatal unit, which is 30 per cent larger than the old unit, will include a total of 50 beds with 16 Neonatal intensive care beds, 10 high dependency beds, and 24 special care beds.

Stage 1 also includes a new simulation clinical space to help train clinicians in resuscitation and critical care by using cutting edge technology in mock training scenarios. Stage 2 of the upgrade will include the development of an overnight accommodation space, family rooms, a staff area and an additional 12 special care cots including an assessment bay.

The building works are expected to be completed in October 2018.

see also: Newborn Services at Flinders Medical Centre

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