St Andrew's Hospital Lodges $45M Development Plan

September 10, 2015

Adelaide’s St Andrew’s Hospital has lodged plans for a $45 million expansion with the State Government’s Development Assessment Commission (DAC).

The proposed development, which will be entirely self-funded, will involve construction of a new day surgery facility containing two operating theatres, three procedure rooms, two angiography suites with the associated recovery beds, a 28 bed ward, a staff gym and a three-level carpark, two of which will be underground.

The day surgery unit will be linked to the hospital’s existing first floor theatres and the Intensive Care Unit.

St Andrew’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Stephen Walker said the DAC application followed extensive discussions with local residents, the Design Review Panel, Heritage SA and the Adelaide City Council.

“These discussions are part of DAC’s pre-lodgement process which aims to reduce delays by identifying and addressing concerns before applications are submitted,” he said.

“We have also held positive discussions with neighbours to ensure they are aware of what is being proposed.”

Mr Walker said St Andrew’s hoped to receive formal DAC approval by early October and start construction in early 2016. 

The build, on the corner of Gilles Street and St John Lane, is expected to take about 18 months with up to 100 construction workers on site during the most intensive periods.

“We have a South Australian project design team and where possible, will be using South Australian construction firms with South Australian sub-contractors,” Mr Walker said. 

“Once finished, the development will boost hospital bed numbers from 201 to 217 with all patients having private rooms.

“It will also increase the number of operating theatres from nine to 11 and provide an additional 100 car parks on site.”

Mr Walker said the new development was planned on land currently used as a staff carpark.

He said the building was being designed to be as environmentally sustainable as practicable and would be accompanied by extensive landscaping with native plants, energy efficient lighting systems and high levels of fresh air.

“The project will consolidate our position as one of Australia’s premier private hospitals,” he said.

Earlier this year, St Andrew’s opened a new floor at the St Andrew’s Medical Centre on Hutt Street.

The $4 million development features a new function centre and houses the St Andrew’s Hospital Foundation as well as the hospital’s human resources, information technology and finance operations.

St Andrew’s is a multi award winning hospital with over 200 beds that currently houses nine state-of-the-art operating theatre suites, an 18-bed critical care unit, an emergency department plus two procedure rooms, an angiography suite, a day patient suite and South Australia's most comprehensive private cancer-care facility. 

It is also Australia’s largest, stand-alone independent private hospital.

For further information please contact:

Stephen Walker

Chief Executive Officer

St Andrew’s Hospital                                                         Ph: 08-8408 2139