Bundaberg Hospital Redevelopment Project
In mid-2019, the Queensland Government announced $6.7 million to develop a detailed business case to investigate the delivery a brand new, state-of-the-art public hospital on a greenfield site in Bundaberg.
On 29 July 2020, the Premier announced the preferred site for a new hospital, enabling the next stages of analysis in the business case to take place.
Bundaberg Hospital has operated from its current site since 1914 and, while it has served the region well since this time, it is close to capacity and opportunities to expand healthcare services are limited.
The existing riverside campus is made up of facilities in generally a sub-optimal condition and with limited functionality. It comprises a variety of old buildings, with some dating back to 1911, and piecemeal developments undertaken to address urgent service needs of the time. This has resulted in poor functional relationships between key departments that impact on efficient hospital operations, the quality of clinical care and the patient experience. Furthermore, that hospital site is affected by flooding.
Our region’s population is also both growing and ageing, meaning more people with more complex health conditions will be relying on our health system.
In time, all of these pressures will place significant strain on our critical services, so it is imperative that we plan early to strengthen our public healthcare system, to ensure it can adequately accommodate the changing and growing healthcare needs of our local communities.
In November 2017, the Queensland Government invested $3 million toward a preliminary business case to investigate a new or refurbished hospital. Completed in April 2019, it recommended that a new hospital on a new site would best meet the future health needs of the region. The preliminary business case was approved June 2019, with funding granted to move to the next stage in the process – the detailed business case.
The detailed business case involves identifying a preferred site for a new hospital and providing a greater level of analysis to help the State Government make informed decisions about the hospital’s future design, staging and funding.
Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service is leading the preparation of the detailed business case, with the support the Department of Health and the Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning. The detailed business case is expected to be presented to the Queensland Government in 2021 for consideration.
In the meantime, a further $15 million is identified in the Queensland Budget papers ‘for the purchase of the preferred site for the proposed Bundaberg Hospital Redevelopment and associated project costs to enable detailed site planning in preparation for the first stage of the project’.
The detailed business case process involves:
Selecting a site
Developing a detailed masterplan
Community and stakeholder engagement
Master plan and concept layouts have been developed following a robust consultation process involving more than 100 local clinicians, operational staff and a range of community members.
A series of ‘user group’ sessions have been ongoing since March 2020 to determine the location of each department within the new hospital, as well as how each will operate and specific design requirements.
The following concept layouts will be showcased online until 14 February 2021 and through public information displays and pop-up sessions.
We encourage you to review the layouts and provide feedback. This will help the project team to identify opportunity and challenges with respect to the proposed layouts, and to better understand community expectations for the entire project.
A community consultation period occurred between November 2020 and mid-February 2021 to help guide development of the detailed business case.
We are committed to keeping you informed as we progress further through the detailed business case. As always, we welcome feedback from our staff and community at any time.
In an effort to provide you with as much information as possible, we have developed a series of Frequently Asked Questions that relate to each stage of the project so far and will continue to be updated. Click on the links below to see each FAQ.
Frequently asked questions