Adelaide's Modbury Hospital set for 117 million dollar upgrade Designs released
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  • Designs for the Modbury Hospital in Adelaide's northeast have been released.
  • The upgrades include a Mental Health Precinct, Cancer Centre, and car park.
  • Expected completion is in December 2025.

Modbury Hospital in Adelaide’s northeast is set for a major upgrade, including mental health rehabilitation beds, a five storey car park, and the reintroduction of cancer services to the hospital for the first time in a decade.

“These works represent a $117 million commitment made by our Government to boost the number of mental health rehabilitation beds across the system and introduce cancer services to Modbury Hospital for the first time [in a decade],” said Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Chris Picton.

“Not only are we expanding services at the hospital, we’re also making sure that we have infrastructure in place to support an increase in patients and staff through a brand-new multideck car park.

“We are future-proofing our health system to ensure we can provide a high quality of care for all South Australians.”

The $117 million dollar investment, made by the Malinauskas government and part of its election commitments, is expected to be completed in December 2025, with the car park scheduled for a September 2025 finish date.

“The start of early site works on this significant project marks an exciting milestone in the history of Modbury Hospital,” said Northern Adelaide Local Health Network acting chief executive, Karen Puvogel.

“By increasing our services, we can ensure our community can access the mental health and cancer support they need, on their doorstep.

“The introduction of a multi-level carpark is something that our staff have also been requesting for some time.

“I am delighted that we can deliver on this for them and make it easier for our patients and their loved ones to come to the hospital.”

The upgrades

Modbury Hospital is set to see 44 new mental health beds. Within a specially designed, state-of-the-art Mental Health Precinct, the 44 beds comprise 24 mental health rehabilitation beds and a 20-bed Older Persons Mental Health unit.

The Mental Rehabilitation unit is divided into two 12-bed pods, and will feature four consumer interview rooms, kitchens and communal dining areas, a gym for community-based rehab, external courtyard spaces for each of the pods and two clinical open-plan offices and a staff lounge.

The existing older persons acute mental health service at Lyell McEwin Hospital will move to the new Mental Health Precinct at Modbury, served by the 20-bed Older Person’s Mental Health unit.

The unit will be split in two, including a 12-bed open pod and an eight-bed pod for high dependency clients. Designed for a safe, home-like environment, the older persons unit will feature interview rooms, sensory modulation rooms and family and visitor rooms, along with an internal courtyard space for each pod, and a lift to the lower ground level to a landscaped area.

The move will increase the hospital’s overnight bed capacity by 20%.

The brand-new Cancer Centre at Modbury Hospital will include 12 chemotherapy chairs, seven outpatient consulting rooms, and three interview rooms to support nursing, pharmacy education and clinical trials – marking the re-introduction of cancer services at Modbury Hospital.

Finally, upgrades include a five-storey car park that will provide more than 300 car parks.

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