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Upgrades to emergency department triage and waiting room


The Royal Adelaide Hospital emergency department is undergoing an internal works upgrade, designed to help clinicians treat patients faster and improve flow.

This upgrade project includes the following improvements:

  • establishment of a rapid assessment and intervention zone: a purpose-built area that will include seven chair spaces and one bed, allowing for increased assessment and intervention at the front of the emergency department.
    This new area will enable faster treatment of walk-ins, as well as patients brought in by ambulance who do not require treatment in the resuscitation suite - freeing up the emergency department beds
  • a redesign of the ED waiting room improving seating and giving the triage desk greater visibility of all waiting patients

A temporary emergency department triage and waiting room will be established to accommodate patients during construction and will be fully operational for when works start in mid-July.

The temporary facility will include full heating and medical services, with an undercover walkway connecting patients to the hospital.

The upgrades are scheduled to commence mid-July and are expected to take approximately three months.

The Central Adelaide Local Health Network listened to its clinicians and is investing $2.2 million to make these changes to support their work.

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