The redevelopment is to be delivered in 3 continuous phases as set out below. The phasing approach is to ensure that the Hospital remains operational throughout the redevelopment:
- Construction of new facilities for acute and non-acute mental health. This phase will deliver 30 additional mental health beds (10 acute beds and 20 sub-acute beds). This will considerably improve regional capacity to respond to community needs.
- The Planning Application for Phase 1 was lodged with the Department of Planning in December 2011. Approval was granted for this phase through the 3A process on the 15th of May 2012.
- Phase 1 construction commenced in March 2012 and was completed in October 2013.
- Once the old mental health building (Gissing House) is demolished following Phase 1 completion, construction of Phase 2 will commence in mid-2013.
- Phase 2 will encompass the construction of the balance of acute services which will include new facilities for further inpatient units to meet the service demand up to 2021/22. Key departments include new facilities for emergency services, operating theatres and inpatient units. This phase will deliver an additional 7 emergency treatment spaces and 2 additional Emergency Medical Unit spaces.
- Phase 2 will also deliver an expanded operating theatre and perioperative unit which will include additional operating theatres, an additional procedure room, a new medical imaging department and angiography department. A new helipad is to be built on the top level of the tower building to replace the current off-site helipad service.
- This phase will commence once the existing hospital operations have been decanted into the new acute hospital building to allow the demolition of the existing tower building.
- Following the demolition of the old hospital tower, the newly cleared space to the north of the new acute hospital will then provide the site of the new main entry to the hospital. This will included landscaped outdoor spaces and colonnade, patient drop off areas and additional parking.