On 19 April 2021 Cabinet approved the final Detailed Business Case for the New Dunedin Hospital project at a total value of $1.47 billion.
The new hospital will be built in two stages:
- An Outpatient Building (planned to open in January 2025). This will include ambulatory services, clinic rooms, day procedures and non-urgent radiology.
- An Inpatient Building (planned to open in April 2028). This includes an emergency department, operating theatres and other services including a dedicated primary birthing unit.
The new hospital will include 421 beds, 16 theatres (expandable to 21 theatres) and 30 ICU or high dependency beds (expandable to 40) with the outpatient building supporting greater delivery of ambulatory care.
While the new hospital will be similar in size to the current hospital, the new hospital’s design and use of latest technology will mean greater efficiency, including patient flow around the hospital and better access to diagnostics and treatment spaces, reducing unnecessary delays.
In addition to offering new, well designed, modern health care facilities, Dunedin’s economy will receive a massive boost as a result of this new hospital project, contributing an estimated $429 million GDP to the local economy. The build will employ thousands of construction workers over the lifetime of the project, with just under 1,000 full time equivalent jobs.
Design for the new hospital is progressing well and will incorporate technology and processes to improve efficiency, enhance patient and staff experience, increase pandemic readiness and benefit generations of people across the Southern region.
The New Dunedin Hospital project team, which includes clinicians, architects, designers, engineers and many other experts, is considering many improvements. An example of this is better ward design, including space for visiting whānau to stay, which will improve patient care experience which leads to improved recovery.