TQEH Redevelopment

The new $314 million Kangkanthi (pronounced Gun-gun-dee) building at TQEH will provide the community with better access to high-quality healthcare services in a modern hospital setting.

Every element, from admission through to discharge, has been considered in the design of the new building to improve consumer experience and support patient wellbeing.

Once open in July, the building will support delivery of world-class health care with a functional layout, modern technology and equipment, and all accompanying amenities.

The design integrates environmentally sustainable features, maximises access to natural light and has multiple outdoor spaces for patients, staff and visitors.

The Kangkanthi building is also the first major, public healthcare building in Australia to be all-electric, with no natural gas used within the building. The building has been awarded a 6-star In-house Green Rating Assessment Tool (IGRAT) score for design and construction.

Services at Kangkanthi

  • A bigger, modern emergency department (ED) will move from its current location and be operated on the ground level of Kangkanthi
  • 12 state-of-the-art operating theatres with advanced digital technology will open
  • New, spacious patient recovery areas that are full of natural light and offer a streamlined admission process
  • A 14-bed Intensive Care Unit
  • Medical imaging department and pathology laboratory
  • New procedural suite and cardiac catheter lab
  • Dedicated rehabilitation facilities

Kaurna connection

Active engagement with Aboriginal consumers has been a key part of TQEH redevelopment.

The name Kangkanthi was chosen by a group of local Kaurna Elders and consumers, and means ‘to care’ in Kaurna.

The use of Kaurna place names such as 'Kangkanthi', 'Wardlipari' and ‘Yartapuulti’, as well as the naming of rehabilitation units after native flora, and the use of Aboriginal artwork throughout the building, demonstrates a meaningful connection to Kaurna community, language and symbolism.

There are a number of totems throughout the site, each with a different meaning that you can learn more about here.

We are committed to providing a culturally safe, inclusive and welcoming environment for our community and staff. A reference for the meaning and how to pronounce the Kaurna names can be found here.