More for a new Women and Children’s Hospital

The State Government is investing $1.95 billion in a new Women’s and Children’s Hospital (nWCH).

The Women’s and Children’s Hospital has been delivering world-class care to millions of South Australians for more than 140 years, and now it will have the facilities to match.

Building a new Women’s and Children’s Hospital is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to deliver holistic, world-class healthcare and facilities to South Australian families for generations to come. That’s why we are working closely with clinicians, staff and consumers to ensure we deliver the best possible services to our patients and their families.

The new state-of-the-art hospital, to be built next to the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH), will include:

  • 500 treatment spaces – 59 more than the current hospital
  • 170 outpatient consultation rooms – 30 more than the current site
  • an Emergency Department (ED) almost double the size of the current ED – growing from 24 to 43 treatment spaces
  • 14 Women’s Assessment Service spaces
  • more beds, neonatal cots, theatres and recovery bays
  • capacity to treat approximately 21,400 additional patients a year
  • parent lounges near NICU
  • in-room accommodation suite including bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms
  • two air bridges to connect the nWCH to the RAH for use of the helipad, Intensive Care Unit and other clinical services
  • a multi-level carpark with 1,215 car parks - almost double what is available at the current site
  • disability and pram parking closer to the hospital
  • emergency vehicle access to the ED at the rear of the hospital
  • a bridge over the rail line that will connect the site to Adelaide’s Park Lands and the new multi-level carpark 
  • main entry on Level 3 with views to the Park Lands and access to a landscaped play space, retail and consumer facilities
  • more outdoor space, respite areas and children’s playing areas.

Having both hospitals at the same location will also ensure a smoother transition for young people with long-term conditions from paediatric to adult services.

The new Women’s and Children’s Hospital will also become Australia's first all-electric hospital, helping to avoid an additional 2,178 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year - the equivalent of taking 700 vehicles off the road.