More Beds for Modbury Hospital - Health Update
Published on November 2021
Heath is the number one priority for the Marshall Liberal Government. Recently I joined the Premier at Modbury Hospital to announce the creation of an additional 93 beds for our public hospital system. 46 of those beds are at our Modbury Hospital. This is part of an additional $123 million investment in our health system, to ensure that people in our community can have access to health care they deserve in a timely manner and close to home.
These additional beds build on our recent commitment to recruit 1,200 more nurses and midwives and will give our health system an enormous boost. This investment is on top of our $98 million upgrade to Modbury Hospital which has created 1,378 jobs and includes a new Outpatient Department facility, a bigger operating theatre and expanded emergency and medical facilities.
This investment is on top of our $58 million upgrade to the Lyell McEwin Hospital with the construction of a new Emergency Department (almost doubling it in size!). This upgrade also includes a purpose-built mental health facility at Lyell McEwin Hospital.
Furthermore, we are investing an additional $48 million for a new mental health unit to be built at Modbury Hospital. In addition, the Marshall Liberal Government are investing $20.4 million to build, and $8.5 million to operate a new 16-bed Crisis Stabilisation Centre in the northern suburbs for mental health consumers.
These important health investments will help South Australians seeking urgent and ongoing mental health care, while easing pressure on our hospitals. We are making sure our state is COVID-ready and our hospitals are ready for when we ease our border restrictions. Throughout the pandemic, we worked with the community to keep SA safe and strong, and now we are implementing our Covid-recovery plan to keep us safe and our economy strong as we open-up in time for Christmas.
Recently, I have received feedback from our local community that they would like to know more about the Marshall Liberal Government’s Urgent Mental Health Care Centre (UMHCC). The UMHCC provides high-engagement support in a calm, "lounge room like" space to support people with urgent mental health needs.
The UMHCC offers an alternative to presenting at hospital Emergency Departments for a mental health crisis. The UMHCC is located at 215 Grenfell St, Adelaide CBD and is open 7 days a week, for referrals through Mental Health Triage (13 14 65), SAPOL & SAAS. The majority of guests are self-referrals which points to a growing awareness. The Centre is open 12pm to 12am every day on (08) 8448 9100 and we are investing to increase this to 24 hours a day in 2021 / 2022.
Using a combination of peer-led recovery and clinical support, it provides evidence-based, caring, safe and inclusive urgent mental health support and welcomes companion animals (in addition to assistance animals). The UMHCC is the first mental health service of its kind in Australia, is operated by respected mental health NGO, Neami National, with a $14.1 million grant from the Federal Morrison Government.
We are building a better, stronger, more agile health system so we can all feel confident about our future living with Covid. I am proud to be part of the Marshall Liberal Team that is listening to you, bolstering our health system and leading us safely out of this pandemic.
I am here for you and I have your back!