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Facilities for the future

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Exciting projects are underway, to improve our facilities so we are able to accommodate and adapt to new models of care.

New Dunedin Hospital

The New Dunedin Hospital will be New Zealand’s largest health infrastructure project

The billion-dollar hospital will be built across two city blocks in central Dunedin.

The project will proceed in two stages, with completion of the smaller day surgery/outpatients building on the northern block followed by the larger acute services building on the former Cadbury block.

Visit the New Dunedin Hospital website for the latest project updates.

Dunedin Hospital redevelopments

While the new Dunedin Hospital rebuild is underway, there are parts of the existing hospital we are upgrading as they can't wait until a new facility is developed.

Te puna wai ora - Southern Critical Care

A $14.8 million project is under way to upgrade Dunedin Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit and transform the delivery of critical care in the Southern region.

Key advances include vastly improved patient privacy, noise reduction and control of light levels, including ready access to natural light.

Stage One of the project is open and the transition from Intensive Care to Critical Care will be more fully realised when Stage Two opens in late-2019, creating a co-located ICU/HDU Service.

Media releases - Redevelopment projects


Dunedin Hospital’s new $3.2 million Gastroenterology Department opened in June 2018.

The unit’s opening dovetailed with the rollout of the National Bowel Screening Programme, increasing the capacity for Te Whatu Ora Southern to carry out colonoscopies.

The new unit adds a second endoscopy suite, with room for a third, and has a gastrointestinal treatment room, separate admission and discharge rooms, and a 10-bed, 7-seat recovery area.

Teaching is a key focus of the department and having the second endoscopy suite means teaching sessions can be scheduled without impacting on the service.

Lakes District Hospital

An upgrade of Lakes District Hospital, including a new CT scanner, is under way.

This will enable the hospital to focus on emergency and diagnostics and supporting follow up and community care.

This includes expanding the emergency department and improving facilities for outpatients, administration and district nursing teams.

Southland Hospital Education Centre

The University of Otago is developing a new $1.5 million education and research centre at its Southland campus in Invercargill, in partnership with Te Whatu Ora Southern.

The Health Sciences Southland Education and Research Centre will be developed on the ground floor of the Te Whatu Ora Southern education building on the hospital campus, directly below the board’s new $2.5 million Clinical Education and Skills Centre, which officially opened in November 2016.

Te Whatu Ora Southern and the University have an ongoing partnership across a number of areas including joint clinical staff, research, student placements and shared space.