The Southern Partnership Group has welcomed the approval from the Ministers of Health and Finance to progress to the next stage of the redevelopment of Dunedin Hospital.

Ministers have today approved the Strategic Assessment, which sets out the case for change and outlines the need to invest in infrastructure at Dunedin Hospital.

“The Strategic Assessment 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,” SPG Chair Andrew Blair says.

“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 Strategic Assessment completes the first phase of Treasury’s Better Business Case model that the project is required to follow.

“Now that the Strategic Assessment phase is complete, we’re focusing on delivering an Indicative Business Case, which will set out shortlisted options for the redevelopment by June next year.”

Work is already underway on the IBC, with Sapere Research Group recently running six patient journey workshops in conjunction with Southern DHB staff and patient representatives.

Meanwhile, the CCM consortium leading the hospital planning work and preparing architectural drawings to support any future models of care for the hospital, has met with the SPG Chair and members of the Southern DHB management team.

The SPG Chair has also continued discussions with key stakeholders including the University of Otago and Mayor of Dunedin regarding work completed to date and its future direction.

Further information on the project is available at: http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/hospital-redevelopment-projects/dunedin-hospital-redevelopment-project

Click here to access the Strategic Assessment.