Critical care services returned to Modbury Hospital

Published on April 2021


You told me that the Modbury Hospital Upgrade was a priority for you!

This is why I advocated on your behalf to deliver better local health services.

You will be able to receive first-class, specialised care in a brand new four-bed High Dependency Unit (HDU), as the we deliver a key milestone in our $98 million upgrade of Modbury Hospital.

Premier Steven Marshall said the new unit forms part of a landmark billion-dollar health infrastructure build across South Australia.

“We are building what matters by investing in world class infrastructure to deliver better patient care closer to home, ensuring residents in the north and north-east have access to more critical and emergency care, surgical, and palliative care services,” said Premier Marshall.

“The HDU will not only help to improve the flow of patients at the hospital and ease pressure on the Emergency Department (ED), but also reduce the need to transfer patients to the Lyell McEwin or Royal Adelaide Hospitals, which means less travelling for patients and their families and freeing up ambulances for the local community”.

“I am proud to be able to deliver these critical care beds to the people of the north-eastern suburbs. We are delivering better health care closer to home and keeping the people of South Australia safe and strong”.

“Despite the challenges of COVID-19, we have remained committed to delivering vital infrastructure to South Australians and parts of the Modbury Hospital redevelopment were even fast-tracked during the pandemic”.

“This project has been a huge boost for local suppliers and tradespeople, creating hundreds of jobs.”

Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said the HDU complements the near-complete surgical suite, which includes four new operating theatres, two new procedure spaces, a surgical day unit and a refurbished overnight stay ward.

“The HDU is the foundation for the reintroduction of more complex surgeries at Modbury Hospital. It will provide a higher level of care than what can be provided on a standard ward, typically to patients who are critically ill or have had major surgery,” Minister Wade said.

“In addition, when the new surgical suite and new outpatient’s facility become operational, this investment in the new, modern facilities will ensure staff can provide the very best care to patients, now and into the future.”

Divisional Director of Surgical Services at the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network, Professor Jegan Krishnan, said the HDU was developed in consultation with staff and an expert working group, led by independent clinicians, who worked together to finalise a model of care for the delivery of the service.

“The new HDU will increase clinicians’ ability to manage unwell patients at Modbury Hospital, both medically and in the post-surgery setting,” Dr Krishnan said.

“Managing unpredictable post-surgery issues at Modbury Hospital will result in our staff being able to undertake a greater scope of surgery, including multi-day surgeries up to 72 hours, ultimately reducing pressures on Lyell McEwin Hospital operating theatres and bed capacity”.

“Delivering a major upgrade to a working hospital is a very complex process and our staff have worked hard to ensure existing services have continued to operate safely throughout each phase of the build.”

The HDU comes after the completion of an eight-bed Emergency Extended Care Unit, an upgraded hospital façade, a refurbished administration area, and engineering equipment and system upgrades to the infrastructure covering electrical, mechanical, hydraulics and fire services.

The new surgical suite and outpatients building are expected to open this month.

Critical care services returned to Modbury Hospital

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