New hospital instrumental to wider change

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The wait is over – but the work is just beginning.

Dunedin’s new billion-dollar-plus hospital now has a confirmed centre-city site, ending months of speculation about its location.

The hospital will be built across two central city blocks: the block diagonally across from the current hospital site which contains the Wilson’s car-park; and the site of the former Cadbury chocolate factory, including the car-park across the road on Anzac Avenue.

There are many different layout options on the table – for example, the main hospital may be on one block and out-patients on the other. These options will be explored during the detailed design phase beginning later this year.

The design phase, expected to take 18 months, will start once Cabinet has signed off the Detailed Business Case which lays out the hospital specifications and project plan.

Building a tertiary hospital is very complex and the planning and design process accounts for around 20% of the total budget. Expressions of Interest for the 150 architects, engineers and other professionals needed have already gone out.

The Government has said that construction will start before the next election, due in late 2020.

Meanwhile, intense work continues on reshaping the way health services are delivered in the South to meet the challenges of the future.


Health Minister David Clark and Southern DHB CEO Chris Fleming share a word after the...
Health Minister David Clark and Southern DHB CEO Chris Fleming share a word after the announcement while members of the public inspect the hospital site plans displayed in the hospital foyer. Photo: Supplied.

“The hospital better enables us to make progress on the wider changes needed to build a network of care across the whole district, as we implement the primary and community care strategy and action plan,” says Southern DHB CEO Chris Fleming.

“The goal is to create a more integrated system of care, that is accessible, coordinated, and delivered as close to home as possible, while being well supported by specialist services. A new hospital on this site is a critical piece of this picture.”


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