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Warrnambool Base Hospital redevelopment
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Warrnambool Base Hospital redevelopment

Location 25 Ryot St, Warrnambool, Victoria, 3280, Australia

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

A new multi-storey hospital 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 Warrnambool home, a dedicated paediatric unit will provide specialised care to children and young people.

A new offsite Regional Logistics Distribution Centre (RLDC) will also provide goods, equipment and linen services to the hospital as well as other public health services in the region.

The redevelopment will transform services at the hospital, giving Victoria's south west community access to world-class healthcare facilities close to home.

The Warrnambool Base Hospital redevelopment will deliver:

  • a new multi-storey hospital 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 (RLDC)

The project will be delivered in three main stages:

  • Construction of the new, offsite RLDC is expected to begin in late 2022.
  • Early works are scheduled to begin onsite at the hospital in early 2023. This will free up space at the hospital for the new multi-storey hospital tower to be built.
  • Main works, including the construction of the new multi-storey hospital tower, are set to start in mid 2024.

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 provide a boost to the local economy.

Why does the Warrnambool Base Hospital need to be redeveloped?

Warrnambool is the largest city in the 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 health care 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 involve works to relocate the regional supply and linen services to a new offsite Regional Logistics Distribution Centre. This will create space at Warrnambool Base Hospital for the main hospital redevelopment.

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

When will construction start?

The Warrnambool Base Hospital redevelopment will be delivered in three main stages:

  • Regional Logistics Distribution Centre
    Construction of the new, offsite Regional Logistics Distribution Centre is expected to begin in late 2022. 
  • Early works 
    Early works are scheduled to begin onsite at the hospital in early 2023. These works will free up space at the hospital for the new multi-storey hospital tower to be built. Early works construction will involve installing the infrastructure required to service the new tower, undertaking functional relocations and performing demolition works. 
  • Main works
    Main works, including the construction of the new multi-storey hospital tower, are set to start in mid 2024.

How will the redevelopment be delivered?

A Request for Tender process will take place in late 2022 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.

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

We’ll work closely with South West Healthcare and 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. We will provide more information before construction starts. 

This project is being delivered by the Victorian Health Building Authority in partnership with:

  • South West Healthcare
  • Billard Leece Partnership (architects)

  • AECOM Australia (building services engineering consultants).

A request for tender process will take place in late 2022 to appoint a builder for the construction of the early and main works of the hospital redevelopment.

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Warrnambool Base Hospital redevelopment
  • Location
  • 25 Ryot St
    Warrnambool, Victoria, 3280, Australia

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Last updated: 20 June 2022