More Adelaide public hospital changes detailed by SA Health Minister

By political reporter Angelique Donnellan

Plans for a specialised elective surgery eye centre for Modbury Hospital in Adelaide have been abandoned, the South Australian Government says.

Procedures such as cataract removal would have been performed there.

Health Minister Jack Snelling said other options were being evaluated after talks with key interest groups about other day surgery plans at Modbury Hospital.

Mr Snelling also detailed plans to shift orthopaedic and cardiology inpatient services from Modbury Hospital in the north-east to the Lyell McEwin Hospital in Adelaide’s northern suburbs.

He said the focus for the Lyell McEwin Hospital would be on emergencies and complex surgery.

The Minister promised the changes would reduce waiting times for operations.

“Currently orthopaedic surgery patients presenting on a Friday wait on average around 150 hours for their surgery,” he said.

“Under the new model, most patients will receive their surgery within 24 hours.”

Mr Snelling said elective surgery would become the focus for Modbury Hospital.

“Under this realignment, Modbury Hospital will become the elective surgery centre for the north and north-eastern area, carrying out around 1,800 more elective procedures, including scopes, a year,” he said.

Modbury will still have an emergency department but Mr Snelling said only low-level cases would be dealt with there.

The Government also promised an improvement for breast services at Modbury, saying a one-stop arrangement would ensure women had access to a breast surgeon, a radiologist and a breast care nurse.

Mr Snelling said the relocation of services was expected to start next year, as part of the Government’s wider Transforming Health overhaul.