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New Royal Adelaide Hospital updates

21 July 2011 - 6:36pm

The development of SA Health's new Royal Adelaide Hospital continues with an in-depth staff consultation set to be conducted over the next 12 months.

500 staff will take part in over 80 planning groups designed to give input into the hospital's development.

Dr David Panter, executive director, of statewide service strategy, at the South Australian Department of Health says: "Having this input into the detailed design will be critical in ensuring that the hospital will not only meet our current needs, but also be flexible and adaptable enough to meet the changing health needs of South Australians into the future."

Each planning group will concentrate on a specialist area covering everything from emergency rooms to individual pieces of equipment and furniture.

Part of the consultation allows for input from patients as well, providing a valuable insight to the hospital experience.

Construction on the hospital is set to begin later this year with plans including an increased capacity of 800 beds, more operating theatres and a boost to emergency care facilities.

Residents can expect an increase in the number of services being provided in the area, including mental health, diagnostic and surgical procedures meaning they will be able to make the most of their health insurance coverage.