Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide – Construction and Upgrades
WCH Construction and Updates – Neonatal Nursery Redevelopment

Construction and Upgrades

Build What Matters - Neonatal Nurseries

Neonatal Nursery Redevelopment

Stage 2 Underway

The next stage of the Neonatal Nursery redevelopment has now commenced, and will involve upgrading the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The NICU upgrade will continue the focus on family centred care and will feature larger cot space areas, single patient rooms for improved privacy and infection control and a multi-purpose room for palliative care patients allowing families or carers to stay overnight.

While these works are underway, we will make sure our patients and families are kept as comfortable as possible, including providing tiny earmuffs for our patients if required. We have also installed special acoustic hoarding and floor mats to absorb noise or vibration in adjacent areas.

The NICU upgrade is scheduled to be completed in mid-2021.

Neonatal Nursery redevelopment

Babies like Everleigh will have their sensitive hearing protected with the help of tiny earmuffs

Stage 1 Complete

Stage One of our Neonatal Nursery redevelopment is now complete. The new SCBU has a number of features that are the direct result of consultation with our staff and consumers and underline our commitment to Person and Family Centred care.
This includes a new family lounge area and additional space at the cot side for families and carers to spend quality time with their baby in comfort, as well as isolation rooms for individual and twin babies.

Additional features include an information panel at the nursery entrance where families can see which staff members are assigned to care for their infant, a dedicated wash-up station for cleaning breast feeding equipment, a staff call system in each cot space and the introduction of programmed circadian lighting to promote neuro-developmental care.

The larger space will improve patient privacy and infection control while making families feel more comfortable during what is often a difficult and stressful time.

Our clinicians, staff and consumers worked closely with the design team to create a spacious, calming and supportive environment where we can continue to deliver high quality care and services to some of our most vulnerable patients. Our new SCBU is a wonderful example of what we can do in our new hospital.

The upgrade to part of the Special Care Baby Unit is part of the $50 million sustainment of our current site, which will ensure we have modern facilities as we plan our new hospital to be co-located with the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Some Frequently Asked Questions about the Special Care Baby Unit and the SCBU 2 Redevelopment have been developed to help families spending time in this area.

PDF iconSCBU Upgrade – Frequently Asked Questions  (205kb)

Take a look at our new Special Care Baby Unit in the video below!

Virtual Reality tour

Virtual reality technology is being used to help design the Neonatal Nurseries. Hospital staff have been able to immerse themselves in a 3D walkthrough and get a feel for their renovated workplace before it's even built.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU):

PDF iconNeonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Redevelopment Plan  (512kb)

last modified: 30 Mar 2021