Modbury Hospital was founded in 1975 and is part of the Central Northern Adelaide Health Service.
Over this time the hospital has provided thousands of families across the north-eastern suburbs with a wide variety of health care services, including maternity and paediatrics, mental health and emergency.
Over the next ten years, as part of South Australia's Health Care Plan, the Modbury Hospital (MH) will tailor its services to meet the needs of the ageing population in the north-eastern suburbs.
Caring for the elderly
Services for older people will be enhanced at MH in the areas of rehabilitation, aged care and palliative care.
- A new specialist rehabilitation service will be established, including stroke and orthopaedic-focused care.
- New aged care assessment services will be developed.
- Palliative care services will be expanded.
Maternity and paediatric care
In early 2008 maternity services were relocated from MH to Women's and Children's Hospital (WCH) and Lyell McEwin Hospital (LMH). This move reflected the significant workforce shortages in obstetrics, and allowed for better use of existing specialist obstetrics facilities at WCH and LMH. It also reflected the use of the obstetrics services at MH. In 2005-06, only 24% of women in the Modbury service area chose to have their babies at MH.
During that period about 40% of women were already accessing these services at WCH, 25% at private facilities and 10% at LMH Ante natal and post natal care, which continues to be available at MH. A shared care model, like the one currently in place in the western suburbs, was developed to allow women to choose to have their antenatal and post-natal care with their own GP or through the hospital or GP Plus Health Care Centre.
Paediatric care was also relocated to WCH.
MH’s single intensive care bed will be merged into its high dependency unit.
Mental health will maintain a strong focus at MH, however, the way this is delivered will change in line with the Social Inclusion Board’s recommendations.
|$12 million will be spent to upgrade facilities at MH to cater for its new service role.|