Posted on: 12 April 2021

The brand new four-bed High Dependency Unit (HDU) is now open at the Modbury Hospital! This is another milestone ticked off in the $97.5 million upgrade to the Modbury Hospital, that will deliver first-class specialised care, ensuring that residents in the north-east have access to more critical and emergency care services, closer to home.

The HDU is the foundation for the reintroduction of more complex surgeries at the Modbury Hospital. It will provide a higher level of care than what can be provided on a standard ward by increasing clinicians’ ability to manage patients, both medically and in the post-surgery setting. Managing unpredictable post-surgery issues at the Hospital will result in staff being able to undertake a greater scope of surgery, including multi-day surgeries. This will ultimately reduce pressures on the Lyell McEwin Hospital operating theatres and bed capacity. The HDU will also help to improve the flow of patients at the Modbury Hospital and ease pressure on the Emergency Department. This will reduce the need to transfer patients to the Lyell McEwin or Royal Adelaide Hospitals and means less travelling for patients and families, freeing up ambulances for the local community. 

There is plenty more happening at the Modbury Hospital with construction continuing on the new 20-bed Palliative Care Unit. The Palliative Care team at Modbury Hospital receive around 1,200 new referrals every year for both inpatient and community care. This new Unit will have individual rooms with a private garden and natural light, creating a more home-like environment with space for families to stay with their loved ones during end of life care. It is an exciting time for residents in the north east. The Modbury Hospital is an ageing facility that has been long overdue for an upgrade. I am proud to be part of a Government that has put an end to the cuts and downgrades that had previously been inflicted on the Modbury Hospital through Labor’s failed Transforming Health plan and instead is investing in world-class infrastructure to deliver better patient care, closer to home.

Modbury Hospital High Dependency Unit