Southern Health Expansion Plan

26 August 2021

The Southern Health Expansion Plan was a series of service moves aimed at boosting health services in Southern Adelaide:

  • Increasing emergency treatment spaces at Flinders Medical Centre
  • Creating a new acute facility for people with dementia and complex care needs at the Repat Health Precinct
  • Enhancing acute capacity in Noarlunga Hospital and increasing medical cover in the Emergency Department.

See the Southern Health Expansion Plan (PDF 818KB) for more detailed information.

What were the service moves?

STEP 1: Patients with dementia and complex care needs currently treated at Noarlunga Hospital’s Myles Ward were transferred to a new, state-of-the-art 12 bed acute specialist facility at the Repat Health Precint.

STEP 2: An acute ward moved from Flinders Medical Centre into the empty Myles Ward space at Noarlunga Hospital, enhancing acute capacity in the new ward and increasing overnight medical cover in the Emergency Department.

More acute care at Noarlunga Hospital means more patients can receive end to end care, closer to home, rather than seeking treatment at Flinders Medical Centre. This move will also reduce ambulance transfers to Flinders Medical Centre.

STEP 3: The space created at Flinders Medical Centre enabled the expansion of the Emergency Department to include a brand-new negative pressure resus bay, time-critical resus bay, new Paediatric Emergency Department and Ambulatory Adult Area.

An expanded Emergency Department at Flinders Medical Centre will assist in reducing ambulance ramping, ease pressure on our Emergency Departments and help to better meet the needs of the southern community.