New site for Adelaide’s Women’s and Children’s Hospital

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Planning and design of the new Women’s and Children’s Hospital (nWCH) has taken another significant step with the State Government announcing the SAPOL Barracks site as the new location for our state-of-the-art facility.

The new Women’s and Children’s hospital will be located separately near the Royal Adelaide Hospital providing space for a larger, better equipped WCH, and room for both hospitals to expand in the future.

Earlier this year, the State Government commissioned a review into the hospital’s location to understand all opportunities that may be available both on and around the proposed site.

After considering the review findings the Government determined the Barracks site to be the most appropriate location for the new Women’s and Children’s hospital as it provides the flexibility required to meet clinical needs now and into the future.

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Key clinical benefits of the new hospital on the Barracks site include:

  • 25% bigger than the current WCH
  • Critical care services; Birthing, Theatres, 23-hour ward, PICU and NICU all on one floor
  • Dedicated Heliport with direct access to critical clinical areas
  • 56 more overnight beds than the current WCH
  • Future capacity to provide a further 20 beds
  • Future proofing for cardiac surgery
  • Dedicated sterilisation facilities
  • An integrated 4 bed Intensive Care Unit to enable women requiring high care to remain at the nWCH
  • Park Lands connectivity to assist families and enhance patient care
  • Eliminates the risk of interruption to RAH clinical services during construction
  • The nWCH and RAH will both have future capacity to expand


The nWCH Project Team will now further explore the Barracks Site option through the development of a Master Plan.

Additional enabling works to prepare the site are planned to commence in 2024, while construction works are scheduled for completion in 2030-2031 and will be determined during future planning.

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