Designs revealed for new 98-bed facility at Flinders Medical Centre

The South Australian government has unveiled plans for a significant upgrade at Flinders Medical Centre, featuring a new 98-bed Acute Services Building set to open in 2028, which will also serve as the hospital’s main entry. ARM Architecture and STH are designing the project, which includes a range of facilities such as two 32-bed adult inpatient units, an 18-bed day medical unit, a 16-bed intensive care unit with a CT scanner suite, four operating theatres, a 14-bay recovery area, a surgery admissions area, and a dedicated level for the FMC eye surgery clinic.

This initiative is part of a nearly $500 million investment by both state and federal governments to boost hospital capacity in Adelaide’s southern area, incorporating a 160-bed expansion across both the Flinders Medical Centre and the Repat Health Precinct.

Premier Peter Malinauskas expressed enthusiasm for the project, stating it would “bring high-quality health services to Adelaide’s South,” and emphasised the government’s commitment to “building hundreds of new beds to boost capacity in our hospital system and provide better health care for South Australians.”

Health Minister Chris Picton also praised the development, describing the new tower as an “impressive” and “key plank” in the broader government initiative to expand healthcare capacity in South Australia. He added, “We are building and opening every bed possible to create much-needed extra hospital capacity.”

Construction for the new FMC building is scheduled to start next month.