Regional facilities 23 January 2024

Builder appointed for next stage: Warrnambool Base Hospital redevelopment

The Warrnambool Base Hospital redevelopment is progressing, with the new Regional Logistics Distribution Centre (RLDC) reaching practical completion, and a builder appointed to deliver early works on the redevelopment.  

The builder of the RLDC, Hansen Yuncken, will deliver the next stage of the $384.2 million Warrnambool Base Hospital redevelopment. 

Site preparations are already underway at the hospital. Early works, starting with services upgrades and relocations, are on track to start next month.

South West Healthcare will start moving its commercial linen and healthcare supply services to the RLDC from February. Relocating services to the new off-site facility will free up space at the main hospital campus for the massive redevelopment.

State-of-the-art warehousing technology 

The RLDC features an automated storage and retrieval system that robotically picks and delivers items to workers at ergonomically designed stations. From here, items get packed for distribution. 

The technology will help streamline the distribution of healthcare supplies and linen to more than 50 health providers in the region. It also provides a safer and modernised working environment for health service workers.

In this video, take a look at the new RLDC. 

Warrnambool’s Regional Logistics Distribution Centre completed

Text on screen: Construction of the new Regional Logistics Distribution Centre (RLDC) in Warrnambool is now complete

Images: Sweeping aerial views of the new centre amongst its surrounding suburbs

Text on screen: The RLDC features state-of-the-art robotic warehousing technology

Images: a mechanised production line inside the new facility, followed by large red signage ‘Robot Entry Area’  

Text on screen: which will streamline the distribution of healthcare supplies and linen across western Victoria

Images: montage of different aspects of the facility, including hundreds of delivery containers, machinery, production line and another aerial view of the facility

Text on screen: Site preparations are now underway for the next stage of the Warrnambool Base Hospital redevelopment

Images: aerial view of the current Warrnambool Base Hospital

Text on screen: with a builder appointed for early works

Images: view of the foreshore of Warrnambool’s main beach

Text on screen: The redevelopment will deliver a new multi-storey hospital tower

Images: view of Lake Pertobe

Text on screen: with more beds, more theatres and a bigger emergency department

Images: wide aerial view of hospital and surrounding suburbs

Text on screen: Your bigger, better Warrnambool Base Hospital is on track to be finished in 2027

Images: aerial view of hospital entrance followed by aerial of main beach foreshore

Images: Screen with ‘In partnership with South West Healthcare (logo) and Hansen Yuncken (logo)’

Images: A sliding transition screen then displays the Victorian Health Building Authority and Victoria State Government logos and the url vhba.vic.gov.au

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About the Warrnambool Base Hospital redevelopment

The redevelopment will give people in south-west Victoria access to world-class healthcare facilities, close to home. A new multi-storey hospital tower will deliver:

  • a bigger emergency department
  • more operating theatres
  • an extra 22 inpatient beds
  • dedicated areas for pathology and dialysis
  • a paediatric unit. 

The redevelopment is expected to be completed in 2027.

Learn more about the Warrnambool Base Hospital redevelopment

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