The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH) is an acute care teaching hospital in the western suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia.[1] It provides a range of health services, including inpatient, outpatient, surgical, emergency and mental health services.


The hospital opened in 1954 as a maternity hospital and expanded its services in 1959. At the request of the Government of South Australia, the hospital was named after Queen Elizabeth II, who had recently acceded to the Australian throne. A large portrait of the Queen, together with a letter authorising TQEH name and granting Arms to the Hospital, decorates the principal foyer.[2]

Originally designed to service the western suburbs of Adelaide, TQEH is now the second-most utilised hospital in South Australia by patients from the central northern region of Adelaide.[3]

TQEH was the first unit in Australia to perform kidney transplantation successfully, on 21 February 1964. The hospital houses the (ANZDATA), which collects national statistics on the treatment of those patients with end-stage kidney failure.[4]

In 2002, Premier Mike Rann, who had campaigned in Opposition against plans to privatise the Hospital, announced a massive ten-year redevelopment of TQEH. In 2005, Premier Rann and Health Minister Lea Stevens unveiled plans for TQEH's second-stage redevelopment. It included construction of a new three-level inpatient building for maternity, surgical, oncology and renal dialysis patients (containing 272 surgical and medical beds), and a 580-place car park building.[5] In 2009 Premier Rann opened the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital Research Building, incorporating the Basil Hetzel Institute for Medical Research.[6] The older Basil Hetzel building which was in use for many decades, was demolished.[7][8] The nurses accommodation wing were also demolished.


On the 18th of June 2017, the Weatherill State Government announced plans to build the third stage redevelopment of the hospital, worth over $270 million. The proposed redevelopment included plans to build a new emergency department, more car parking, new outpatient clinics, a new day surgery and operating theatre suite, a new medical imaging suite and a new brain and spinal injury rehabilitation centre, including a hydrotherapy pool, to accommodate patients from Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre.[1] Construction of a new car park is already underway and this required the demolition of the Diabetes centre and a part of the existing car park.


TQEH is a teaching hospital for the University of Adelaide's medical school and provides clinical attachments in a variety of specialties for undergraduate medical students, including Medicine, Surgery, Emergency Medicine, and Psychiatry.

The Discipline of Medicine has broad-ranging functions in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, research and clinical service and management. The Discipline of Surgery has a large academic surgical department and is a major centre for surgical research and postgraduate teaching in a wide range of fields.[9]

Mental health services

TQEH provides mental health services through community response teams, the QEH's Emergency Department, and a 40-bed purpose-built inpatient unit. The inpatient unit, the Cramond Clinic, was named after Professor , the foundation Chair in Psychiatry[10] at the University of Adelaide. Cramond pioneered the delivery of mental health care to renal patients at TQEH in the 1960s.[11] In 2002-2003, TQEH community mental health teams provided services to 48,621 individuals which was the second largest number for services in the central northern health region.[3]

A new Short Stay Mental Health Unit with 8 beds, was completed in late 2017.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "The Queen Elizabeth Hospital". SA Health.
  2. ^ "About The Queen Elizabeth Hospital". SA Health.
  3. ^ a b Health Service Profiles, Central Northern Adelaide Health Service, Government of South Australia, March 2004
  4. ^ ANZDATA website
  5. ^ "Queen Elizabeth Hospital's stage two detailed", ABC online, 11 Oct 2005
  6. ^ "Medical Research Powerhouse Opens", Daily Telegraph, March 1, 2009
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  9. ^ Maddern GJ. Middleton PF. Tooher R. Babidge WJ. Evaluating new surgical techniques in Australia: the Australian Safety and Efficacy Register of New Interventional Procedures-Surgical experience. Surgical Clinics of North America. 86:115-28,2006.
  10. ^ A biography of psychiatry. W.A.Dibden held by The Barr-Smith Library, University of Adelaide, South Australia Archived May 10, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Cramond WA. Court JH. Higgins BA. Knight PR. Lawrence JR. Psychological screening of potential donors in a renal homotransplantation programme, v 113:1213-21;1967.