The preferred site for the new Women’s and Children’s Hospital (WCH) has been unveiled as the western end of the biomedical precinct with an airbridge enabling direct access to the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
As a member of the Unions Taskforce, the ANMF (SA Branch) has been engaging extensively throughout the planning process so far to push for the best possible option for the new hospital when it comes to staff and patient safety and to ensure it can deliver the highest quality of care.
We support the location of the site in enabling mothers requiring intensive care to be closer to their children. This relocation also allows children that have required to be airlifted for treatment to go directly to the nWCH for their care.
However, there is much more ongoing work and engagement that needs to be done to ensure the hospital is designed in a way that optimises patient care and can meet the likely future demand for its services. This means, of course, accounting for demand linked to population growth as well as the knowledge that new, modern facilities and the development of new models of care and the manner in which they are delivered.
We will also be pushing for the development of sustainable work force plans – both for the transfer of services across to the new facility as well as to sustain high-quality services after the move.
As plans evolve and more detailed discussions are held, the ANMF (SA Branch) looks forward to further engaging with our members on this significant project and enabling nurses and midwives to provide quality family-centred care for the families, mothers and children of South Australia.