In August 2017 Ministers approved the rebuild of Dunedin hospital at a cost of between $1.2 billion and $1.4 billion. The project is the result of a number of buildings on the hospital campus nearing the end of their life, including the Clinical Services Building built in 1960.
The Government approved the Indicative Business Case (IBC) which narrows down the options to two preferred ones; a new Dunedin Hospital to be built or on a new city site yet to be selected or on Southern District Health Board land at Wakari. The build is estimated to be completed in seven to 10 years.
See the Indicative Business Case (pdf, 1.9 MB). The IBC contains some redactions for reasons of commercial sensitivity.
The Ministry of Health is now working closely with the Southern Partnership Group and Southern District Health Board on the Detailed Business Case for the redevelopment of Dunedin Hospital. The Detailed Business Case will agree the preferred option and cover the detailed design, procurement, and construction phases of the project.
As scheduled, the IBC which sets out options for the redevelopment of Dunedin Hospital, was signed off by the Southern Partnership Group on 26 June 2017, reviewed by the Capital Investment Committee in July and approved by Cabinet in August.
In September 2016, the Ministers of Health and Finance approved the Strategic Assessment (PDF, 1.5 MB) for the redevelopment of Dunedin Hospital. The document sets out a compelling case for investment in Dunedin’s hospital facilities. It shows that deteriorating and inflexible facilities are impacting on the quality of care to Southern communities. The report also shows Southern DHB faces a number of challenges due to its size, location and demographics, including low population growth and an ageing population.
The project is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build modern and sustainable healthcare services and facilities to meet the needs of the Southern community over the next 40-50 years.
While this work is underway, Southern DHB is progressing a programme of re-fits and upgrades to ensure clinical services can continue while the longer term redevelopment is carried out. More information is available on the Southern DHB website.