New Zealand’s Health Minister, Dr Jonathan Coleman, recently announced a new NZ$1 billion+ hospital to be built in Dunedin, in what will be the largest build of its type in New Zealand’s history.
Dr Coleman said: “In assessing the options around refurbishing the existing site and building a new hospital, the decision was made to rebuild. This would maximise the opportunity of having a purpose-built, state-of-the-art facility, while also minimising disruption to patients and staff.
“Given the scale of the project, it is estimated to cost between $1.2 billion – $1.4 billion, making it the largest hospital rebuild in New Zealand history.
“The original plan was to simply rebuild the services block, but the indicative business case has determined that the ward block also needs replacing and that has increased the cost significantly from the original $300 million estimate.
“The Ministry of Health is working to secure an appropriate site for the new hospital, with a strong preference for a central city location. Depending on the location, the new hospital will be opened in 7 – 10 years.
“Given the size of the project, the Government will consider all funding options including a Private Public Partnership model.
“We are also taking steps to support the existing Dunedin Hospital while the rebuild takes place with an extra $4.7 million being invested into the Interim Works program, taking the fund to $27.2 million.
“The program includes the expansion of ICU to 22 bed spaces over the next 12 months. Taking the unit to eight ICU beds, 10 High Dependency beds and four beds which are flexible to be either as demand requires.
“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build modern and sustainable health facilities that will meet the future needs of Dunedin and the wider Southern community.”
The new Dunedin Hospital will follow on from the completion of the new $77.8 million Grey Base Hospital on the West Coast, as well as the almost $1 billion hospital redevelopment program in Canterbury.