Dunedin Hospital Redevelopment
The Government has approved the rebuild of Dunedin Hospital at a cost of between $1.2 billion and $1.4 billion.
The location of the new hospital has been narrowed down to either a new city site or Southern DHB land at Wakari. The build is expected to take 7-10 years.
Rebuilding on the current site was ruled out because it would cost more and take longer than starting from scratch. This option would also pose significant clinical challenges in maintaining hospital services while rebuilding.
The next step in the process is the Detailed Business Case which will agree the preferred rebuild option and flesh out the detailed design, procurement, and construction phases of the project. It is expected to be delivered in mid-2018.
Interim Works Programme
A programme of re-fit and upgrade projects is underway to ensure clinical service continues while the longer term redevelopment of Dunedin Hospital is planned and carried out.
The first of these projects, our new Audiology Unit, is now open at Wakari Hospital.
Work is underway on the new Gastroenterology facility on the 8th floor of Dunedin Hospital. The Gastroenterology unit is temporarily based on the hospital's 5th floor, in the space previously occupied by the Neonatal ICU, while the 8th floor unit is rebuilt.
Construction has also started on the hospital’s new ICU/HDU facility.
The co-located ICU/HDU Service on the 5th floor of the Ward Block will have 22 bed spaces.
Safety in Our Building Works: Minimising Risk of Disease and Infection
Southern DHB’s Infection Prevention and Control Team works closely with our Building and Property Team as part of all building work at Southern DHB, to make sure we minimise the risk of disease and infection potentially generated during any construction and maintenance activities on all DHB premises.
Part of this includes minimising dust production, which can harbour pathogenic bacteria and fungi. Methods to minimise the risks include: