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 life, including the Clinical Services Building built in 1960.
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.
Work is now well underway on the Indicative Business Case, which will set out a small number of options for the redevelopment by June 2017. Once considered by the Southern Partnership Group and Capital Investment Committee, the IBC will be submitted to Ministers. The preferred option will then be developed into a Detailed Business Case by mid-2018. Following this detailed design of the new facilities will take place, followed by construction.
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.