Ward 20 renovations commence to create a Specialist Advanced Dementia Unit

Works on an $86 million dollar landmark expansion of health services in Southern Adelaide have started, with renovations to the former Ward 20 at the reactivated Repat Health Precinct commencing today.

The Southern Health Expansion Plan (SHEP) will ease pressure on the Flinders Medical Centre emergency department and ensure residents in the south receive their care closer to home.

Ward 20 will be redeveloped to create a 12 bed Specialist Advanced Dementia Unit (SADU) for people with dementia and complex care needs.

These renovations will see patients, who are currently treated at Noarlunga Hospital’s Myles Ward, transferred to a state-of-the-art 12-bed acute specialist facility at the Repat.

This is the first step in a series of moves that will not only add services back to a reactivated Repat site, but boost health services across the south.

As part of the SHEP, moving patients with dementia and complex care from Noarlunga Hospital’s Myles Ward to the renovated Ward 20 will mean higher acuity patients can receive end to end care at Noarlunga Hospital.

Following those moves, the FMC emergency department will expand by 30 more emergency treatment spaces, to become the biggest emergency department in South Australia.

Renovations to Ward 20 are expected to be complete by mid-2020, with all service moves for SHEP finalised in the second half of 2021.