Murray Bridge Soldiers' Memorial Hospital

If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Liberal Government will upgrade the emergency department at Murray Bridge Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital.

The Problem

In the last three decades, the demand for emergency services at the Murray Bridge Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital has doubled. Labor’s failure to upgrade the facilities threatens the hospital’s capacity to deliver quality services to a growing population.

As well as serving residents in the local catchment, Murray Bridge Hospital often receives casualties from motor vehicle accidents on the nearby highway and its emergency department responds to over 6,000 presentations each year.

The increasing population in the region and the construction of The Bend Motorsport Park at Tailem Bend further adds to the case for an upgrade.

After years of inaction by the Labor Weatherill Government, the Hospital’s emergency department is in dire need of investment.

Currently, the lack of privacy in the facilities is highly distressing for patients and their families.

Confined spaces in the ED contribute to an unsafe environment for patients and staff, particularly in relation to drug-affected patients and some patients with mental health issues.

Although the Labor Weatherill Government has been aware of inadequacies in the ED structure for years, the Government has failed to act to rectify the situation.

Active planning for an upgrade to the Emergency Department has been underway for at least four years.

But the Weatherill Labor Government recently rejected the funding proposal.

Labor’s promise to catchup the country hospitals maintenance backlog over 10 years will do nothing to deliver much needed capital upgrades such as the Murray Bridge Emergency Department.

The State Liberals' Plan

If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Liberal Government will upgrade the emergency department at Murray Bridge Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital.

We will invest $7 million in the Hospital to improve its vital services.

A Marshall Liberal Government will deliver.

The $7 million upgrade will double the number of resuscitation and treatment bays and significantly improve the facilities, enhancing privacy and security.

The upgrade will provide:

  • Two resuscitation bays
  • Seven treatment bays
  • Two procedure rooms
  • Two consulting rooms
  • Relatives Room
  • Waiting Room with airlock

Labor has rejected a funding proposal for this project.

Part of our plan for SA