30 March 2022

The community has been provided with its first look at designs for the $438 million Shoalhaven Hospital redevelopment showcasing the vision for the state-of-the-art health facility.

Minister for Health Brad Hazzard said the NSW Government is investing in a significant expansion of Shoalhaven Hospital, which will provide the local community with enhanced health services.

“In a major step forward for the redevelopment, new artist impressions have been unveiled today revealing the design for the hospital precinct, which will transform healthcare services for the Shoalhaven community and improve health outcomes,” Mr Hazzard said.

Minister for Regional Health Bronnie Taylor said the redevelopment of Shoalhaven Hospital is about future proofing healthcare in the region.

“I’m very excited to share the new artist impressions of the Shoalhaven Hospital redevelopment with the community and encourage everyone to provide feedback as we move forward with its delivery. This major investment from the NSW Government marks a new era in healthcare for the South Coast,” Mrs Taylor said.

“A new acute services building connecting to the existing hospital, rooftop helipad, and refurbishment of existing hospital buildings are just some of the highlights of this major redevelopment.

“The NSW Government is also improving access to the hospital with alternate entry and drop off areas on Shoalhaven Street and off North Street. There will also be a new dedicated entrance for ambulances.

“The project team has been working closely with clinicians and key healthcare stakeholders and we’re now encouraging the local community to provide their feedback which will inform the design of the project.”

Local Member and the Parliamentary Secretary for the South Coast, Shelley Hancock, said the southern end of Nowra Park will be retained as greenspace for the local community to enjoy.

“Landscaped areas will also be established on the hospital’s ground to create a welcoming space and enhanced experience for patients, staff and visitors,” Mrs Hancock said.

Mrs Hancock encouraged the local community to attend pop-up stalls that will be taking place throughout the region, where members of the project team will be on site to answer any questions about the redevelopment.

The community pop-ups are scheduled for the following locations and times:

  • Shoalhaven Hospital, Wednesday, 30 March 2022 from 4pm – 6pm
  • Stockland Nowra, Thursday, 31 March from 10am – 12pm
  • Berry Mall (next to Berry Pharmacy), Thursday, 31 March from 2pm – 4pm
  • Ulladulla Shopping Centre, Friday, 1 April from 10am – 12pm
  • Vincentia Shopping Village, Friday, 1 April from 2pm – 4pm
  • Bunnings Nowra, Saturday, 2 April from 10am – 12pm

The $438 million Shoalhaven Hospital redevelopment will provide new facilities including cardiology, mental health and aged care wards, more operating theatres and a new emergency department, and there will also be greater access to more specialised staff, equipment and technology.

The Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital will complement other health projects for the Illawarra Shoalhaven community, including $700 million for the new Shellharbour Hospital, and recently completed projects including $11.8 million for the new Shoalhaven Hospital multistorey car park, $37.1 million towards the Bulli Hospital, and the Dapto and Ulladulla HealthOne projects, delivered as part of the $100 million HealthOne program.

The project is part of the NSW Government’s record $10.8 billion investment in health infrastructure to 2024-25, with nearly a third of the capital allocation in this financial year going towards regional and rural health facilities.

To view the plans and find out more about the proposed new hospital, please visit Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital Redevelopment.

Download renders of the hospital.