New treatment spaces at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital are being built by eight local businesses as part of the Government’s strong plan to mitigate the health and economic impacts of COVID-19.
Premier Steven Marshall said the nine temporary new spaces would enable the hospital to respond to any new wave of COVID-19 or other respiratory illnesses in children during the coming months, while also creating local jobs during construction.
“We have a strong plan to protect South Australians from both the health and economic impacts of this nasty virus and projects such as this help us deliver on those commitments,” Premier Marshall said.
“South Australia has successfully flattened the curve, but there will be future outbreaks - we need to be ready to respond to them.
“The Government remains prepared for all scenarios and the nine new spaces will help further strengthen our state’s response to coronavirus.”
Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said the innovative units would increase the number of children the hospital can assess and treat, while also limit the potential spread of infection to both vulnerable hospital patients and staff.
“The Women’s and Children’s Health Network will review other potential uses for the units beyond the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure they can continue to be utilised where they are most needed,” Minister Wade said.
Funded by the Federal Morrison Government, the modular units cost $900,000 in total, and will be fitted with equipment found in a standard emergency department bay..
They will be set up on Sir Edwin Smith Drive and will be connected to the hospital’s Emergency Extended Care Unit (EECU) via an external corridor.
Philip Robinson, WCHN Director of Corporate Services, said the efforts of all South Australians had bought vital time to continue to bolster the hospital’s response.
“We don’t want to see another child diagnosed with COVID-19, but if the situation does arise, the additional spaces will help us keep them and our other vulnerable patients safe,” Ms Gough said.
“Slowing the spread of the virus is thanks to everyone’s efforts, and I urge everyone to continue to do the right thing to help protect the health of everyone within our community.”
A dedicated design team and group of local contractors are working to install the units in just four weeks.
The businesses include Specialised Solutions, Mossop Construction & Interiors, Detail Studio, Lucid Consulting Australia, BCA Engineers, Robert Bird Group, Rider Levett Bucknall and BuildSurv.
Construction is expected to be completed by the end of the month, and will be activated if and when required.