New Royal Adelaide Hospital to be tested

New Royal Adelaide Hospital to be tested

The long-delayed new Royal Adelaide Hospital has finally been completed, with testing now taking place before it accepts patients.

Health Minister Jack Snelling says the "magnificent" $2 billion hospital reached technical completion on Wednesday.

The milestone, arriving months later than planned, has triggered a testing and training period at the facility that will last for at least 90 days.

Mr Snelling says clinicians and logistics experts on Thursday began stocking equipment in the hospital and providing training for staff and other tests.

"These vital testing and preparation activities will give us the assurance we need that the new hospital is safe and ready for patients," he said in a statement.

The minister described the hospital, six years in the making, as the most advanced in the world.

It has 800 beds, all in single rooms, 80 courtyards, a helipad on the roof and a set of "hot lifts" below so that patients can go from the landing pad straight to the emergency department.

The testing period at the hospital will be followed by commercial acceptance by the state government, with patients expected to start arriving later this year in time for the flu season.