Published on September 2019
The Lyell McEwin Hospital will receive some much-needed relief after the Marshall Government announced a $58 million expansion of the hospital’s emergency department (ED).
Plans for the upgrade were submitted for planning approval in July and are expected to help cater for the expected population growth of both the north and north-eastern suburbs.
It is estimated that the ED activity at Lyell McEwin Hospital has increased over the past decade from 42,000 to more than 76,000 presentations last financial year.
Highlights of the expansion include the additional capacity for adult treatment spaces in ED, an emergency extended care unit, a dedicated 8-bed Short Stay Mental Health Unit, upgrades to work stations, education spaces and expanded dedicated paediatric assessment.
The upgrade will also include a $7 million commitment to increase car parking spaces and security measures at the hospital. Member for King Paula Luethen said the local community has been calling out for action to be taken in relation to a lack of car parking and is excited to see the expansion get underway.
“We understand the significant pressures currently facing our health system but we’re starting to see movement on relieving those issues,” she said. “With upgrades to the ED at Lyell McEwin and the $96 million expansion of the Modbury Hospital our local hospitals are getting the boost which we all know they have needed for quite some time.”
Construction on the Lyell McEwin ED expansion is scheduled to commence early next year and is forecast to be completed by 2022.