Modbury Hospital’s new Warringka Palliative Care Unit (PCU) opened its doors to patients on Wednesday 22 December—more than one month ahead of schedule.

Built Environs has worked together with the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NALHN), SA Health, Department for Infrastructure and Transport (DIT) and the consultant team led by GHDWoodhead to deliver this specialised health facility to an exceptionally high standard of quality, ahead of time and under budget.

The PCU will cater for more than 650 patients per year and provides spacious facilities founded in contemporary best practice for patients receiving care for a life-limiting illness.

The name of the facility is particularly fitting, Wirringka means ‘together’ in Kaurna language which reflects the family intent behind the architectural design. The new facilities will provide palliative care patients and their loved ones more privacy and space for quality time together, with 20 private suites including ensuites and shared spaces.

Emphasis has also been placed on renewing the garden surrounds, named Mirnu Wirra, or Golden Wattle Grove’ in Kaurna language, ensuring that patients can enjoy time outside, walking or listening to the resident birdlife.

The upgraded PCU is set to enhance the experience of patients, visitors and staff alike, enabling NALHN’s world-class clinicians to provide industry-leading standards of care to residents of Adelaide’s north-east.  

Built Environs’ Managing Director Michael Clemenger said he was proud to see the excellent progress the Built Environs team is making at Modbury Hospital.

“The early delivery of the Modbury Hospital PCU is an exceptional achievement,” said Mr Clemenger.

“The successful delivery of each stage of this complex project is a testament to our team’s commitment to performance excellence, collaboration and finding creative solutions to complex problems.”

Minimising disruption, maintaining operations and prioritising the safety of the public, hospital staff and construction personnel has been front of mind for our team. The hospital and associated health services have remained operational throughout construction.

Works have been successfully delivered without any unplanned disruptions, and the project has been safely delivered without any Lost Time Injuries (LTIs) to date.

Work is progressing well on the final stage of the Modbury Hospital Upgrade, with the Short Stay General Medical Unit on track for completion in early 2022.

Built Environs was engaged as the Managing Contractor for the $98 million Modbury Hospital Upgrade in April 2019. The project marks an exciting period in the history of the hospital, with the major investment providing world-class facilities, transforming the campus and providing quality healthcare outcomes for patients.

Built Environs is committed to working together with our clients and industry partners to create better healthcare facilities.

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