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The Lyell Mac's 60 years of serving the north

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The Lyell Mac's 60 years of serving the north
Published 29 April 2019
The Lyell McEwin Hospital celebrated its 60th anniversary of service to the people of the northern suburbs in April.

One of Playford's great icons, the Lyell McEwin Hospital is now 60 years old.

City of Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty said the Lyell McEwin Hospital has grown with our community, adapting to changing needs and building a proud record of service and medical innovation.

Affectionately known as the Lyell Mac, our hospital’s place in history will soon become even more significant as the centre piece of the Playford Health Precinct.
City of Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty

"The Health Precinct will expand on the hospital’s capacity by attracting a cluster of allied health services that will serve the local community and the wider northern region – providing more services, jobs and opportunity for the north.

"As an employee at the Lyell McEwin Hospital I’m proud to say that its role in our community will be celebrated, now and into the future."

Since 2002, a major State Government-funded three-stage redevelopment program of the Lyell McEwin Hospital worth in excess of $300 million has been underway and this year a further $58M expansion to its Emergency Department is taking place, enhancing the hospital’s position as Playford’s biggest single employer.

This major development coincides with the approaching construction of further health facilities on the western side of the hospital.

ACH Group is collaborating with the Northern Health Consortium to develop the Healthia project, with plans to construct two purpose-built multi-level clinical buildings.

Tenants for public and private ambulatory care services, mental health services, diagnostic imaging, pathology, general practice services, medical consulting rooms and childcare are currently being sought, while a new multi-storey car park will also be built to increase parking options within the precinct.

ACH Group will also develop ViTA on the north-western corner of the Healthia site, which will include up to 120 residential care places with a holistic wellbeing focus, plus associated services including cafe, hairdresser and resident gym.

A tender for construction of the ViTA site is now underway.

“Future expansion in this area will see the creation of strong jobs growth both in health service roles and the many support services that hospitals and allied health providers require, we look forward to this new health future and the Lyell McEwin Hospital playing its part in that growth,” Mayor Docherty said.