Toowoomba Hospital Redevelopment
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The Queensland Government's 2017/18 Budget allocated $3 million for detailed planning of the redevelopment of Toowoomba Hospital, located 100km west of Brisbane.
The project proposal will consider issues related to the hospital currently operating at capacity, including long waiting times and overcrowding of the emergency department. Further, the current asset condition and functionality is causing inefficiencies in service delivery.
Its also forecast that demand for services will increase due to the growing and aging population, and high levels of chronic disease in the region.
In December 2017, Building Queensland (BQ) added the project to its Infrastructure Pipeline Report, which put the estimated cost of the hospital redevelopment between $450-750 million.
BQ assisted with the preliminary business case and is undertaking development of the detailed business case, which is expected to be completed in Q1 2020.
In September 2018, the Queensland Government announced the Baillie Henderson site as the preferred site on which a new Toowoomba hospital will be built. A full master plan of the site will be included in the detailed design being developed over the following 18 months. The Government also allocated an additional $6 million in planning money bringing the total invested in the detailed design phase to $9 million.
It is expected that the Toowoomba Hospital Redevelopment will deliver new and expanded health care services to the region including:
- improve the efficiency of health services
- increase service access in the region and reduce patient travel
- reduce recruitment and staff turnover costs
- reduce repairs and maintenance costs
- improve emergency access target performance
- reduce inpatient re-admissions, and
- improve car parking access.
In June 2020, the master plans for the project were revealed, outlining the timeline of the redevelopment, hospital designs and technology advancements. The proposed hospital design will include a cancer care centre, acute mental health building, and dedicated spaces for automated guided vehicles to deliver goods around the hospital. There is also provision for research, education, commercial and community spaces and services in the plans.
The detailed business case is currently being progressed by Darling Downs Health and Building Queensland, which is expected to be completed in late-2020.The detailed business case will investigate the scope for redevelopment of the existing hospital at Percy Street in a staged manner, or alternatively, a relocation to the Baillie Henderson Hospital site, in Cranley.
2016 - Preliminary business case prepared
2020 - Detailed business case and concept design
Last reviewed: 02/09/2020