The New Shellharbour Hospital and Integrated Services Project

Your new Shellharbour Hospital

Both the Federal and NSW Governments have committed more than $700 million to deliver new and improved health facilities for the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District as part of the new Shellharbour Hospital and Integrated Services Project.

The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, together with Health Infrastructure is proposing to build a new Shellharbour Hospital at Dunmore Road, Dunmore as part of the Integrated Services Project. Other vital projects include:

  • Expanding sub-acute services at Bulli Hospital (completed)
  • New rehabilitation and palliative care beds at Wollongong Hospital (construction underway)
  • New community health centre in Warrawong which will be built on a portion of land on the Port Kembla Hospital site (planning underway).

This work will enable inpatient facilities currently located at the aging Port Kembla Hospital site to relocate to modern and fit-for-purpose facilities and help us to enhance our healthcare network across the District.

The New Shellharbour Hospital and Integrated Services project will deliver contemporary networked health care facilities and expanded services to the community, enable the reconfiguration of services and infrastructure across the District, and provide more services closer to home, reducing the need to travel out of the area for care.

The new Shellharbour Hospital will provide the local community with:

  • An expanded emergency department
  • Specialised elective surgery services
  • Rehabilitation and aged care services
  • Acute medical services
  • Expanded mental health services
  • Maternity services including midwifery-led clinics, doctor-led clinics, midwifery group practice (MGP) clinics and pre and post natal services. Birthing will remain at Wollongong Hospital due to the specialist services and staff that are required to maintain a safe birthing facility.
  • New drug and alcohol unit
  • Renal dialysis
  • Outpatients care services
  • Car parking and improved public transport links

This new hospital will play a significant role in the District’s service network and will be a much larger and more capable hospital. It will:

  • Become the District’s specialist elective surgical services centre with state-of-the-art theatres
  • Continue to be the District’s centre for specialist inpatient mental health care
  • Cater for the growing community through a significant increase in size and capacity.

The preferred site for the new Shellharbour Hospital was identified in May 2021 and following due diligence investigations and extensive consultation, the site was acquired in June 2022.

Early works have commenced on site this year with major works anticipated to commence in 2024.

Project update

Early works have commenced on the site of the new Shellharbour Hospital with major works anticipated to commence in 2024.

Click here for more information on the new Shellharbour Hospital.