Major redevelopment of St John of God Subiaco Hospital gets the green light

St John of God Health Care has announced approval for the major redevelopment of St John of God Subiaco Hospital, the largest in the organisation’s history.

23 August 2021

St John of God Health Care has announced approval for the major redevelopment of St John of God Subiaco Hospital, the largest in the organisation’s history

The redevelopment will add a new eight storey clinical block, private emergency department, a Mother and Baby Unit including a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a virtual care hub, and a purpose-built pandemic ward to care for patients when outbreaks of highly infectious diseases such as COVID-19 occur.

It will also transform the hospital experience for patients, offering a hotel-style stay, including a la carte room service, and 98 per cent of the hospital’s rooms will be single, private rooms.

St John of God Health Care Group Chief Executive Officer Dr Shane Kelly said the redevelopment would enable the hospital to provide a greater range of services as well as enhance the patient experience.

“This substantial investment will advance St John of God Subiaco Hospital’s position as a leading provider of private hospital services by creating a state-of-the-art hospital designed and equipped to meet the health needs of our community now and into the future,” he said. 

“As Western Australia’s largest private hospital operator, St John of God Health Care is focused on responding to our patients and communities needs by identifying opportunities to add new services, and enhance our key services lines through the addition of new technology and equipment.’’

A new eight storey clinical block is the centrepiece of the redevelopment, featuring 260 single rooms and, upon completion, addmore than 150 beds to the hospital site. A further six new theatres, including a hybrid theatre will be part of the development.

Prof Bowen, who is also a Professor of Infectious Diseases and a high-profile leader of WA’s private hospital response to COVID-19, said including a dedicated pandemic ward into the design was a priority.

“To be prepared for future outbreaks of COVID-19, or similar infectious diseases that can arise at any time, and are increasing in frequency, we are including a purpose built ward to help us care for patients who need to be isolated, or need specialised equipment,” she said.

The ward will be negatively pressured and provide a safer environment for our patients and caregivers.”

The first stage of the redevelopment will upgrade the hospital’s kitchen, increase the number of lifts, and expand the sterilisation department.

Additional floors will be added to the car park, and a new engineering/energy plant will connect  new and existing facilities.

Approval was previously granted by the Town of Cambridge for the hospital’s Local Development Plan, and a Development Application is progressing for the remaining work.

Redevelopment overview:

  • New eight-storey 260 bed clinical block
  • state-of-the-art facilities with connected technology to enhance patient experience, clinical excellence and innovation
  • new 24/7 emergency department offering a boutique experience and enabling rapid access to clinical care
  • virtual care hub to enable remote patient monitoring
  • dedicated mother and baby unit with large patient rooms on pre and post natal wards, new emergency obstetric operating theatre, 10 birth suites, and neonatal ICU
  • six new theatres and pre and post surgical facilities
  • dedicated infectious diseases pandemic ward
  • kitchen upgrade to enable hospital-wide a la carte room service delivery
  • additional lifts to improve movement around the hospital for staff, patients and visitors
  • upgraded Sterilisation Services Department (SSD)
  • increased beds from 550 to over 700 beds
  • additional two-storeys of visitor car parking on the existing multi-storey car park
  • new site engineering plant
  • upgraded perioperative services
  • upgraded cardiology services
  • refurbished oncology ward
  • upgraded hospital entrance and dedicated public open spaces
  • new Chapel

For more information about the redevelopment at St John of God Subiaco Hospital, please visit

St John of God Subiaco Hospital is currently making an application to the Western Australian Planning Commission to seek approval for the redevelopment.

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