Shoalhaven Hospital Redevelopment

Your redeveloped Shoalhaven Hospital

Planning is well under way for the Shoalhaven Hospital Redevelopment.

The NSW Government has committed $438 million towards the Shoalhaven Hospital Redevelopment, with construction starting before March 2023.

The clinical services planning is progressing to confirm the range of health care services the new hospital will provide and the size of the facility.

Pending finalisation of the clinical services planning, the redevelopment will deliver new and upgraded health facilities including:

  • increased surgical capacity
  • acute medical and aged care beds
  • more operating theatres and expanded elective surgery
  • increased capacity in the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit
  • expanded mental health services expanded subacute care including rehabilitation and palliative care
  • expansion of outpatient and ambulatory care
  • enhanced medical imaging and nuclear medicine capacity.

The NSW Government is investing $438 million in the redevelopment of Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital which will significantly improve healthcare services for residents of the Shoalhaven. The construction timeline for the project will be determined once planning is further progressed.

The $11.8 million Shoalhaven Hospital Car Park project, which delivered a new multi-deck car park as well as providing new ground level car parking, was completed in early 2020. Further options for parking will be considered as part of planning for the Shoalhaven Hospital redevelopment.

To learn more about the process of building a hospital, visit https://www.hinfra.health.nsw.gov.au/our-business/how-to-build-a-hospital.

FAQs

Why do we need to redevelop Shoalhaven Hospital?

Our population is growing, and ageing, and people are living longer with chronic and complex illnesses. By 2031, the Shoalhaven catchment is forecast to grow 12%, with significantly faster population growth in the 70+ age groups.

To provide high quality, accessible healthcare for our growing population, we need an accessible hospital, close to transport links and with space for a range of health services which can better serve the needs of our community now and into the future.

We also want to incorporate the lessons, the insights and the many breakthroughs we've made as a health service during COVID-19 to future-proof our services and the buildings that house them. 

What services are being planned for the new Shoalhaven Hospital?

Detailed clinical services planning, which helps us determine what will need to be in our redevelopment is currently underway. The redeveloped Shoalhaven Hospital will be built to enable the digital care of the future, and designed to promote environmental and operational sustainability.

The redevelopment will deliver new and upgraded health facilities including:

  • increased surgical capacity
  • acute medical and aged care beds
  • more operating theatres and expanded elective surgery
  • increased capacity in the Emergency Department and intensive care unit
  • expanded mental health services
    expanded subacute care including rehabilitation and palliative care
  • expansion of outpatient and ambulatory care.
  • enhanced medical imaging and nuclear medicine capacity

The $11.8 million Shoalhaven Hospital Car Park project, which has delivered increased parking capacity was completed in early 2020.

The multi-storey car park and additional parking provided makes it easier for staff, patients and visitors to access the hospital.

Further options for parking will be considered as part of planning for the Shoalhaven Hospital redevelopment

Where do we go for care while the new hospital is being built?

Services will continue to operate from the existing Shoalhaven Hospital during the construction.  Depending on the building program there may be disruption on the site to services and location however notice will be given well in advance of any temporary changes.

What will happen to the existing hospital once the new hospital is complete?

It’s too early to say what will happen to the building on the current site. Further planning for the future of the hospital will be undertaken as the hospital scope is finalised.

When will work start on the new hospital?

Service planning is already under way. Work will begin in this term of government, before March 2023.

Further details on construction timelines will be identified as planning progresses.

Planning a new hospital takes time and care, with every hospital or facility plan tailored to a community’s unique needs.  To find out more about how we plan and build hospitals and health services in NSW, check out this video.   

How can we have a say in the redevelopment?

The project team is working on a number of ways to keep the community informed of the latest developments and providing opportunities to have your say, including newsletter, website and social media. A number of community consultations will take place in the near future.

If you would like to be more directly involved, you can consider becoming a community or consumer representative. Community and consumer representatives work with the planning and hospital team as a voice for patients, carers and families, and are an important part of the redevelopment process. More information.

Contact us

To contact the project team, email ISLHD-HealthServicePlanning@health.nsw.gov.au.