The Marshall Liberal Government has marked a significant milestone in The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH) redevelopment with construction starting on the new 500-space public car park.
Turning the first sod on the new site today, the Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade, said the start of the car park construction is the first step towards revitalising health at TQEH.
“More than $270 million is being invested in TQEH to ensure the community has access to quality health care services in a modern hospital setting, and the new car park expansion will support the increase in future services,” Minister Wade said.
“Due for completion in mid-2019, the $17.4 million multi-deck, five-level car park will provide 500 parking spaces for patients, families, and visitors, including more than 70 accessible spaces for people with disabilities.
“People want easy access to services close to home and the start of the new car park construction follows the recommencement of 24/7 cardiac services at TQEH in June.
“As the carpark construction gets underway, planning for the new services for the next stage of redevelopment continues.”
Executive Director Redevelopment of The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Mr Paul Lambert, said reference groups have recently been established to support and advise the redevelopment of the new TQEH Clinical Services Building.
“The reference groups will play a key role in consultation, ensuring consistent and genuine clinician, consumer and community input into the project,” Mr Lambert said.
“The first piece of the puzzle is the carpark and we have been working closely with consumers and staff on how best to ensure patients and visitors have easier access to hospital, while also planning for future need.
“This includes working closely with SA Ambulance Service to ensure access to the Emergency Department is maintained.
“We have completed a new pathway and one of the first tasks for construction will be a new public road so access to the ED will continue unaffected.
“We’d like to thank our community for their patience during the carpark’s construction and are looking forward to providing them with around 200 extra parking spaces when they visit TQEH.”
The new carpark is due for completion in mid-2019, which will allow construction of the new Clinical Services Building to begin on the site of the current carpark, at the end of 2019.