The move of patients from the Repatriation General Hospital will be completed today with the last patients being moved to the new state-of-the-art facilities at Flinders Medical Centre.

Over the past two weeks, the hospital’s 675 staff, 110 patients and 200 volunteers have been transferred to the modern Flinders Medical Centre, refurbished wards at Noarlunga Hospital and the new Jamie Larcombe Centre.

Background

Senior clinical staff and management from the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN) prepared for the relocation of services from the Repat for around two years, following thorough consultation with staff and community groups about where services should be relocated in the south.

The carefully planned transfer of patients from rehabilitation, palliative care, geriatric evaluation and management units, veterans’ mental health and older persons’ mental health wards occurred over five move days across a two-week period.

The $185.5 million upgrade of Flinders Medical Centre is complete and includes a new Rehabilitation and Palliative Care Centre, a 1,820 space car park and a new centre for the Older Persons’ Mental Health Service.

The Jamie Larcombe Centre, a new $15 million purpose built Veterans mental health precinct located at Glenside Health Service Campus, accommodates South Australian veterans receiving specialist mental health care.

Quotes attributable to Health Minister Peter Malinauskas

Our clinical teams in the South have done an outstanding job managing the patient transfer from the Repat and I’d like to thank all the staff and clinicians involved.

While this was a completely different move to the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, it just shows again the calibre of our clinicians to provide the highest quality of care even during times of change and transition.

Today marks the end of an era for the Repat and relocating has been an emotional experience for many, but I’m confident that after speaking to staff and patients, the culture of the Repat will continue in the new state-of-the-art health facilities.

Quotes attributable to Clinical Director of Rehabilitation, Aged and Palliative Care, Associate Professor Dr Craig Whitehead

Over the past two weeks, staff across the South have worked very hard to ensure our patients have been well cared for during the move to their new homes.

As someone who has worked here for 34 years, I will always look back at the Repat with fond memories and reflect on the people I have met and worked with over that time.

Saying goodbye is never easy, but now we’re focussed on settling into our new spaces and ensuring our patients are receiving the best possible care.