Royal Adelaide Hospital

Royal Adelaide Hospital

Royal Adelaide Hospital is Adelaide’s (and South Australia’s) largest hospital. With 800 beds, the RAH provides tertiary health care services for South Australia and provides secondary care clinical services to residents of Adelaide’s city centre and inner suburbs.

The hospital was founded in the Adelaide Park Lands on the north side of North Terrace between Frome Road and the Adelaide Botanic Gardens in 1856,[1] and was officially proclaimed “Royal” on 26 November 1949.[2] It is adjacent to both the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia. Its campus is also home to the University of Adelaide’s Medical School, the Adelaide Dental Hospital, the Hanson Institute and SA Pathology.

To be completed in 2017, the new Royal Adelaide Hospital (nRAH) is currently being built in the Adelaide Park Lands on the north side of North Terrace, between Morphett Street and West Terrace. The hospital grounds will encompass 10 hectares within central Adelaide,[3] and upon completion later this year, is set to be the most expensive hospital ever built in the world, with a total cost of approximately A$2.1 billion.[4] It is the single largest infrastructure project in South Australia’s history.[5]

The new hospital will have 800 beds (700 overnight, 100 same day), an increase from 680 beds (650 overnight and 30 same day) on the current site, providing the capacity to admit approximately 85,000 inpatients see 400,000 outpatients per year.[3][5][6] 6,000 staff are expected to work at the hospital,[3] and all beds will be single patient suites with private bathroom facilities. There will be 40 large identical operating suites built to the world’s best standards, each measuring 65m2.[5] The nRAH will also be Australia’s most technologically advanced hospital, with a fleet of automated robotic vehicles to help move supplies, meals and equipment around the hospital, and a tailor made patient electronic medical record (EMR). Other technology features including patient weighing beds, wireless technology and equipment tracking capability, and intelligent information systems such as bedside entertainment and meal ordering for patients.[7] For hospital staff, amenities will be supplemented by a commercial precinct including a crèche, mini-mart, restaurant, cafes and gymnasium.