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We are on the move

In September, the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) will move to its new home on Port Road and open its doors to South Australian inpatients for the first time. 

Signifying the opening of the hospital, the Emergency Department at the new RAH will commence taking patients from 7.00am on Tuesday 5 September, while the current RAH’s Emergency Department will close its doors and cease treating patients at the same time. The opening of one of the most advanced hospitals in Australia will include an extensive move plan involving a fleet of 12 ambulances and a multi-patient ambulance bus that will transfer 100 patients a day between the old and new hospital sites.

The patient move will take place over three days, from Monday 4 September to Wednesday 6 September 2017, with Thursday 7 September as contingency. Prior to this some outpatient, radiation oncology and day surgery services will progressively commence operating at the new RAH – starting from Monday 14 August 2017. 

South Australia Ambulance Service’s (SAAS) Operations Manager, Chris Howie, said that SAAS will lead the move of inpatients over the three days, and that extensive work has gone in to preparing for the clinical move to the new RAH. 

"Utilising extensive experience gained from years of planning and executing significant public events, planning for the move has been underway for over 18 months and involves staff from SAAS, CALHN and other government agencies working closely to ensure the safe transfer of patients to the new site. 

"Some of the partners involved include SAAS, MedSTAR, the South Australian Police, Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, and Adelaide City Council”.

 Paul Lambert, Executive Director new RAH Activation, said to ensure the move plan is undertaken in the safest and most efficient manner possible there has been significant liaison with interstate health providers.

“We have engaged extensively with other hospitals across Australia to see how they approached the task of moving a hospital, and will benefit from their lessons learned regarding how things could have been done better. 

“The three day patient move will follow a six-week ‘ramp down’ period at the current RAH where patient numbers will be progressively reduced from around 600 to 300 people. 

“The ramp down will see SAAS and all Local Health Networks working together to temporarily transfer activity between hospital sites and the rescheduling of non-urgent adult elective surgery. 

“The opening of the new RAH will see the integration of the latest innovations across health, education and research to deliver high-quality care, and will continue the proud history of caring for South Australians and meeting the needs of the state’s growing population for generations to come”.

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