There is a hospital building boom across Australia that’s being driven by increasing patient demand and the rapid advances in medical technology.
Dating back 177 years, the Royal Adelaide Hospital in South Australia has a long history of excellence in care, teaching and research. Today it is one of the most technologically-advanced hospitals designed to provide a comprehensive range of complex care services to the South Australian community.
The new 800-bed facility has the largest automated microbiology system in the southern hemisphere and world-class technology to support the timely diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases.
To accomplish the final six months of the project’s management, SA Health engaged Aurecon to help oversee the programme direction and services for this large and complex social infrastructure project.
Aurecon had recently completed the programme direction role for the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane and was able to transfer the knowledge and lessons learned from this project to the new Royal Adelaide Hospital.
In partnership with SA Health, Aurecon led the 300-person programme management team that had eight functional workstreams including the integrated Programme Management Office (iPMO).
As part of its role, Aurecon undertook an internal review of the existing iPMO to determine its effectiveness for best practice and purpose.
Identifying many areas for improvement, Aurecon put in place a series of functional changes to better support programme decision making. Improvements to the iPMO across the wider programme provided the project’s Steering Committee with more robust information and reporting data to better manage the programme against its targets.
With extensive experience in the delivery of major social infrastructure projects, Aurecon was able to rapidly embed planning strategies into the project programme for a more secure pathway to the hospital’s opening date.
The new hospital has been planned, designed and built around the needs of patients. With nearly four hectares of green space there is a strong focus on natural light and environment. All general inpatient beds are single rooms providing the best possible healing environment, with greater levels of privacy, comfort and infection control.
Key features of the rooms include windows that open to allow access to fresh air, and views of surrounding parklands or gardens.
The Royal Adelaide Hospital forms a critical part of the future for South Australia’s Biomed City which brings together healthcare, education, research and business development in one precinct.