The Ministry of Health is working closely with the Southern Partnership Group and Southern District Health Board to review options for the redevelopment of Dunedin Hospital. The project is the result of a number of buildings on the hospital campus nearing the end of their economic life, including the Clinical Services Building built in 1960.
The first stage of planning for the redevelopment project is now complete. 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, produced by Sapere Research Group, 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.
Work is now well underway on the Indicative Business Case, which will set out shortlisted options for the redevelopment by June next year. The preferred option will then be developed into a Detailed Business Case by mid-2018 which will then be implemented.
The redevelopment is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build modern and sustainable healthcare services and facilities to meet the needs of the Southern community.
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.
These projects include:
- A relocation of the Audiology Unit from the Clinical Services Building on the Dunedin Hospital campus to Wakari Hospital
- A refit of the Gastroenterology Unit at Dunedin Hospital
- The refit of the Intensive Care Unit, combined with two High Dependency Units, to create a Critical Care Unit
- A programme of 19 deferred maintenance projects identified to ensure clinical services continue over the next seven to 10 years while the redevelopment of Dunedin Hospital is progressed.