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Warrnambool Base Hospital Redevelopment

Overview

The Victorian Government is investing $384.2 million to deliver the Warrnambool Base Hospital redevelopment.

Transforming services at the hospital, the redevelopment will give the Warrnambool and surrounding community access to world-class healthcare facilities close to home. A new multi-level tower will deliver a bigger emergency department, more operating theatres, an extra 22 inpatient beds and dedicated areas for pathology services and dialysis. With more families choosing to make south-west Victoria home, a new paediatric unit will also provide specialised care to children and young people.

Construction in mid-2022 of a new off-site Regional Logistics Distribution Centre, will make way for the redevelopment on the Base hospital campus. Located on Cooper Street, Warrnambool, the Regional Logistics Distribution Centre will provide goods, equipment and linen services to the Warrnambool Base hospital as well as other public health services in the region.

Early works on the hospital tower are scheduled to begin in early 2023, with construction of the hospital tower set to start in mid-2024. Early works will involve installing the infrastructure required to service the new tower, decommissioning and relocating existing services and decanting of the existing hospital.

Scope

The Warrnambool Base Hospital redevelopment will deliver:

  • a new multi-storey clinical tower
  • a bigger emergency department
  • a new suite of operating theatres
  • an additional 22 inpatient beds
  • a dedicated paediatric unit
  • clinical accommodation for pathology services, dialysis and central sterile services
  • a 120-space basement carpark for patients and visitors
  • a new offsite Regional Logistics Distribution Centre.

Benefits

Warrnambool Base Hospital redevelopment aims to achieve the following benefits:

  • Improved patient experience and staff safety

    The redevelopment will improve patient triage within the emergency department, reducing emergency and surgery wait times and enhancing safety for both staff and patients.

  • Patient wellbeing

    Modern facilities, amenities and equipment will support the delivery of enhanced care and patient wellbeing.

  • Better access to services

    Increased service capacity will provide more access for people living locally, reducing wait times and enabling patients to access more clinical support services closer to home.

  • A boost in local jobs

    The redevelopment will create around 800 jobs during construction and contribute directly to the local economy. In future a larger base hospital will also mean more on-going jobs for clinical and non-clinical staff at South West Healthcare.

Frequently asked questions

  • Why does the Warrnambool Base Hospital need to be redeveloped?

    Warrnambool is the largest city in Victoria’s south-west region. Due to its size, prominent profile, and its service mix, it facilitates the highest share of demand in the region.

    With a growing elderly population and high demand for mental healthcare services, the demand for hospital beds is expected to increase by approximately 30 per cent over the next 20 years.

  • What is included in the redevelopment?

    The redevelopment will deliver a multi-storey tower which incorporates a new emergency department, a new suite of operating theatres, an additional 22 inpatient beds, a dedicated paediatric unit, and a bigger and better basement carpark.

    The first stage of the redevelopment will involve enabling works to relocate the regional supply and linen services to a new offsite Regional Logistic Distribution Centre. This will create space at Warrnambool Base Hospital for the main hospital redevelopment. The early design of the RLDC on Cooper Street was led by architects Silver Thomas Hanley and engineering consultants Lehr Consultants International.

  • When will construction commence?

    Construction of the Regional Logistics Distribution Centre site on Cooper Street, Warrnambool is expected to commence in mid-2022.

    Early works on the hospital tower are scheduled to begin in early 2023, with construction of the hospital tower set to start in mid-2024. Early works will involve installing the infrastructure required to service the new tower, decommissioning and relocating existing services and decanting of the existing hospital.

  • How will the redevelopment be delivered?

    A Request for Tender process will be undertaken in 2023 to appoint a builder for the construction of the main works of the hospital redevelopment.

  • Will the project create local jobs?

    The redevelopment will create around 800 jobs during construction and contribute directly to the local economy. Once constructed a larger base hospital will also mean more on-going jobs for clinical and non-clinical staff at South West Healthcare.

  • Will residents near Warrnambool Base Hospital be affected during construction and operation?

    We’ll work closely with the community to minimise disruptions to neighbouring residents and businesses wherever possible.

    The project team is committed to keeping the community updated on the project’s progress. More information will be provided before construction begins.

Fly-through Regional Logistic Distribution Centre

Partners

In conjunction with the Victorian Health Building Authority, South West Healthcare are working in partnership with:

  • Billard Leece Partnership (architects)
  • AECOM Australia (building services engineering consultants)

to deliver this redevelopment project.

A Request for Tender process will be undertaken in 2023 to appoint a builder for the construction of the main works of the hospital redevelopment.

Timeline

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Page last updated: 22 March 2022

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