The South Australia government has signed off on Commercial Acceptance of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, with the world class health facility on track to open on Tuesday 5 September. This transaction follows several legal battles over construction issues.
This agreement follows 90 days of rigorous testing, which involved putting the building through its paces to make sure it is safe and ready for staff and patients.
As we reported in early February, the builder of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) and the South Australian Government reached an agreement that ended legal action, and the Government now promises building work will be completed in March.
The project design involves 120 more beds and will deliver world-class care to people of all walks of life.
The builder’s delay in completing the project on time means South Australian taxpayers have saved around US$400 million on the project.
Training for hospital staff is already underway on site and will continue as planned State Works are finalised ahead of the opening date of Tuesday 5 September.
Health Minister Jack Snelling said:
South Australians really do deserve the very best and the new Royal Adelaide Hospital is at the centre of Labor’s commitment to deliver world class care to all South Australians. Our state is the envy of the rest of the country. It’s now all systems go as we prepare for the official opening on 5 September. I know the South Australian community will be just as proud of their new Royal Adelaide Hospital as I am.
Director of New RAH Activation Paul Lambert commented:
Now that we’ve reached Commercial Acceptance, our activities on site over the coming weeks will be all about completion and training. There really is a sense of excitement amongst staff as we complete all outstanding State building works, finish our training and ensure everyone in the hospital is confident in their new working environment.