New Zealand’s Health Minister, Dr David Clark recently announced a significant change in the approach to constructing the new Dunedin hospital to speed it up.
It will now be built in two stages, with the outpatient and day surgery building fast-tracked to be finished more than three years earlier than anticipated and the larger inpatient building due to be finished five or six years after that.
The Minister said that the existing Dunedin hospital wouldn’t last in its current state, adding: “Had we done nothing, the existing hospital would have progressively struggled to deliver adequate services, especially in the emergency department and in surgical services. It would also be unreasonable to ask staff to operate under existing conditions for another decade.”
The new plan is to open the smaller of the two buildings – the day surgery and outpatient building – in two stages: November 2023 and November 2024.
The larger inpatient building does not have a finish date yet but Dr Clark said he expects it will be complete in about 10 years.