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The development of the new Women’s and Children’s Hospital (WCH) has reached a major milestone today with the launch of 93 new Project User Groups (PUGs) to support consultation.

Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said staff will play a vital role in the planning and design of the new hospital.

“The construction of the nWCH will build on the Marshall Liberal Government’s landmark $1 billion hospital infrastructure program across all metro hospitals which is easing pressure on the State’s EDs and building better health services, closer to home for all South Australians,” Minister Wade said.

“The Marshall Liberal Government has invested $550 million towards the first works of a brand new WCH, and we are committed to providing a world-class facility that gives South Australian families access to the most technologically advanced hospital care.

“The input of clinicians, staff and consumers will ensure the new hospital best meets the needs of South Australians.

“This project will involve an unprecedented amount of clinical and stakeholder input and the women and children of South Australia will be the winners of this process.”

There will be hundreds of clinicians, staff and consumers involved in the Project Users Groups.

PUGs are work-based groups who will be responsible for developing and contributing the detail for the Service Delivery Models, Strategic Design Brief, and Functional Design Briefs for our new hospital.

PUG members will attend a series of workshops to capture their views on the development of the new hospital. Members will engage with their department colleagues to ensure the network has captured the full range of views.

The first round of consultation will commence today (10 August) and will be held over a three- week period. The second round will begin on 7 September and will run until 25 September.

Chief Executive Officer of the Women’s and Children’s Health Network, Lindsey Gough, said anyone who expressed an interest in being part of the planning and design of the new hospital had been selected to join a PUG.

“The Women’s and Children’s Health Network is committed to the highest level of consultation with our clinicians, staff and consumers to shape the new Women’s and Children’s Hospital,” Ms Gough said.

“We are so pleased that we have been able to include everyone who expressed an interest as all views are important.”

“By having our staff involved in all levels of consultation and decision-making, we will create a holistic, world-class healthcare and facilities in South Australia for women, babies, children, young people and their families.”

“I’m excited to continue on the journey to our new hospital with all our clinicians, staff and consumers.”

Originally published on the Premier of South Australia’s website: New WCH Forging Ahead Despite COVID Challenges