Shoalhaven Hospital Redevelopment: One Year of Progress

The Shoalhaven Hospital Redevelopment project is celebrating its one-year milestone since construction commenced with a look-back at the progress achieved over the past year.
A new timelapse video has been released showing the remarkable progress of the new seven-storey acute clinical services building, from a level field with a helipad to an expansive new building.

Health Infrastructure’s Project Director Jeremy Hart said work kicked off in April 2023 when Health Minister Ryan joined staff and the community on site to mark the start of construction with a sod turn.
“The hospital development is progressing well and, with the new building expected to be completed in 2026, we are on track to deliver a modern, world-class hospital facility for the Shoalhaven community,” Jeremy said.
“It’s great to look back over the year and reflect on some of our biggest successes such as the opening the new Shoalhaven Community pre-school in August 2023.
“Pouring the concrete for the lower ground floor of the new building marked another momentous occasion for the project, signifying the beginning of construction on a significant scale.”
The building currently stands 5 storeys high with spaces now provided for the pharmacy, mortuary, community spaces, new kitchen, central lift core, new theatre spaces and a brand-new sterilising department.
Once it reaches seven-storeys it will include a new emergency department, intensive care unit, double the number of operating theatres and endoscopy rooms, a dedicated cardiology inpatient unit, and a new rooftop helipad.
Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District Executive Director Infrastructure and Assets Sue Harris said it’s exciting for staff to see the building start to take shape, knowing that in a few short years they will be providing healthcare for the community in the new spaces.
“Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District has been working really hard in the background to ensure the new facility has everything we need to operate a successful hospital, as well as prepare staff for operational commissioning and transitioning into their new spaces,” Sue said
“In May 2023, a major milestone was reached with the signing off of the Major Medical Strategy, setting the course for the redevelopment's healthcare delivery model.
“Operational Commissioning planning is well underway and the appointment of Change Management user groups is helping lay the groundwork for integrating all the new services and facilities.”
The next major milestone will be the completion of the highest point in the construction of the new seven-storey building, which will be marked by a traditional ‘topping out’ ceremony.