Lyell McEwin Hospital

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Lyell McEwin Hospital
Northern Adelaide Local Health Network
Location Elizabeth Vale, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Coordinates 34°44′52″S 138°39′54″E / 34.7478°S 138.6651°E / -34.7478; 138.6651Coordinates: 34°44′52″S 138°39′54″E / 34.7478°S 138.6651°E / -34.7478; 138.6651
Care system Public Medicare (AU)
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university University of Adelaide University of South Australia
Emergency department Yes
Beds 257 beds
Founded 22 April 1959
Website SA Health
Lists Hospitals in Australia

The Lyell McEwin Hospital (LMH) is a 385-bed acute care teaching hospital located in Adelaide, South Australia that provides a full range of medical, surgical, diagnostic, emergency and support services to a population of more than 300,000 people living primarily in Adelaide’s northern suburbs and nearby towns. It is affiliated with the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia.

It is named after Sir Lyell McEwin, a long-serving member of the South Australian Legislative Council and the leader of the Liberal and Country League in that chamber.

Opening as a small country hospital in 1959, LMH is today the premier hospital of the northern metropolitan area and is recognised as a leading teaching institution for health care professionals. LMH also works closely with the Muna Paiendi Aboriginal Community Health Centre, located on site.

One of the leading maternity hospitals in the state, LMH is the only hospital in South Australia providing new mothers and their babies the Mothercarer postnatal support service, and one of only two tertiary teaching hospitals in the state to receive Baby Friendly Health Initiative Accreditation according to World Health Organization guidelines.


In recent years, LMH has undergone rapid and extensive expansion of its services and facilities. In 2002 the hospital commenced its $336 million, three-part redevelopment program as part of the State Government’s modernisation of the state’s health system, and to meet the increasing needs of the growing northern suburbs and surrounding areas. In October 2003 Premier Mike Rann and Health Minister Lea Stevens opened state-of-the-art maternity, obstetrics and gynecology sections, as well as a new women's and children's area.[1]

Stage A of the hospital’s redevelopment was completed in 2004 at a cost of $91.2million and replaced much of the hospital’s core clinical and support infrastructure. In April 2005 Premier Rann and Health Minister Stevens opened six new operating theatres, a new Emergency Department, new medical imaging facilities and women's health consulting and treatment facilities.

Key elements of the $43.5million Stage B redevelopment, now in its final stages, include a 50-bed, acute and aged care mental health facility, a $7million Radiation Oncology unit, enhanced medical and palliative services, the establishment of an extended emergency care unit, day surgery and ambulatory services and the expansion of support services. In August 2008 Premier Rann opened three new areas of the Lyell McEwin Hospital as part of the government's $336 million redevelopment, including new pathology, oncology and gastroenterology units.[2]

The State Government committed a further $202million towards Stage C of the hospital’s redevelopment, which included a $25million, multi-level staff and visitor car park (completed early 2010) and an additional 100-150 inpatient beds. The hospital’s future service profile is anticipated to include enhancements to the volume and complexity of interventional cardiology, urology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, cancer services, neurology and general medicine.


  • General Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Coronary Care and Cardiac Step Down Unit
  • Endocrinology
  • Rheumatology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Neurology
  • Medical Oncology
  • Respiratory Medicine
  • Hospital in the Home
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency Extended Care Unit
  • Psychiatry
  • Medical Imaging including; MRI, CT, Xray, Ultrasound
  • Rehabilitation
  • Allied Health
  • Pathology (IMVS)
  • Stomal Therapy
  • General Surgery
  • Day Procedures
  • Urological Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Obstetrics
  • Gynaecology
  • Paediatric Medicine
  • Neonatal

Staff at LMHS[edit]

  • Northern Adelaide LHN CEO Ms Jackie Hanson
  • Chief Operating Officer Mr Scott McMullen
  • Directors, Division of Women’s and Children’s Health: Professor Gus Dekker and Ms Meredith Hobbs
  • Directors, Division of Medicine: Dr Elaine Pretorious
  • Directors of Surgery: Dr Greg Otto and Ms Heather Saunders
  • Director, Nursing, Midwifery and Patient Care Services: Ms Vanessa Owen

See also[edit]


  1. ^ SA Government News Release, Friday 17 October 2003
  2. ^ SA Government News Release, 12 August 2008

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