New health facilities in the South completed

Monday 25 September 2017

New, state-of-the-art health facilities have been completed at Flinders Medical Centre, including a 55-bed rehabilitation centre, 15-bed palliative care facility and a 30-bed older person’s mental health unit.

Flinders Medical Centre’s new rehabilitation facility includes state-of-the-art gymnasiums, a hydrotherapy pool and robotic equipment. The new facility 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.

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. 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 persons’ 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. The 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 Medical Centre site.

Southern Adelaide Local Health Network Clinical Director of Rehabilitation, Palliative and Aged Care, Associate Professor Craig Whitehead, said that having these services located at Flinders Medical Centre 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,” Craig said.

There is also more car parking available with a new 1820 space multi-storey car park, 1260 more spaces than previously existed, to make it easier to visit loved ones.

These facilities will accommodate services transitioning to Flinders Medical Centre from the Repatriation General Hospital later this year. Additional allied health, nursing and medical staff have also been employed to support the increase in rehabilitation services across the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network.

Another $12 million has also 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 Centre’s Emergency Department and $3.5 million to fit-out two new operating theatres.

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