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Bill visits Adelaide’s new $2.3 Billion RAH and SAHMRI

Publish Date: 18/8/2017

CEO Bill Petch took a tour behind the scenes of Adelaide’s booming medical and research hub, including the state’s new 2.3 billion Royal Adelaide Hospital during his visit to SA this week.

Bill Petch (CEO) at SAHMRI

The Royal Adelaide Hospital tour included Simon Matthias, General Manager SA/NT and Support Services Manager Peter Diamond and was led by haematologist Dr Simon McRae and nurse Vanessa Kristo.

Mr Petch also met with Professors Deb White and Andrew Zannettino at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).

The new Royal Adelaide hospital admitted its first outpatients this week, although will not officially open its doors until September 5.

The two, state of the art facilities sit by side and next door to the recently completed University of Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences building. The buildings are transforming the city’s west end into one of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest health and science precincts.

The new Royal Adelaide Hospital will be the centre-piece of SA’s new “BioMed City” – a cluster of world class health, education and medical research facilities.

Mr Petch toured the new hospital’s Cancer day ward, haematology wards, and radiology areas, before meeting with some of the world’s leading blood cancer researchers at SAHMRI.

SAMRI opened in 2013 and is home to more than 500 researchers.

Ground works are already underway for a new Women’s Hospital located at the northern end of the precinct.

The construction of a SAHMRI 2 site is expected to begin before 2020 and would be home to the country’s first proton therapy unit.

The new Royal Adelaide Hospital will pioneer world leading patient management systems and includes a fleet of 25 Auto Guided Vehicles (AGV). The vehicles operate through a computer guidance system with kilometres of invisible tracks built into the buildings ‘back stage’ corridor systems.

A pneumatic tube system will also help transfer vital medications direct to wards from a central pharmacy. The new Royal Adelaide Hospital has been designed to make the most of natural light with vastly improved wards and an intricate series of 76 courtyards and a central garden areas, which will allow patients and visitors more access to the outdoors.

The hospital’s improved cancer facilities include three new radiology units. Another will be transferred from the old hospital, and two more units are expected to be added at a later date.

All beds across the new hospital include unique window seats and day beds, which fold out to allow a friend or family member to stay alongside patients for the very first time.

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