St John of God Subiaco Hospital’s vision is to be a world class academic centre of excellence delivering person-centred care in a contemporary environment which supports healing, new life, clinical excellence and innovation.  

The hospital needs a major capital investment to ready it for the next 20 years to enable it to deliver its vision. The redevelopment is driven by the need to:
improve the functionality of spaces,
improve aesthetics,
increase patient room sizes,
renew primary, secondary and tertiary engineering infrastructure, and
improve parking facilities for patients.

Each of these will improve the patient experience now and serve as a foundation for ongoing improvements in patient experience.   

There are a number of components in the planned redevelopment, and revitalisation of St John of God Subiaco Hospital, delivered over five stages.  These are listed below: 

New developments and refurbishments including

  • new Emergency Department and clinical decision unit;
  • new Acute Admissions Centre;
  • increase of beds; 
  • increase of theatres;
  • kitchen refurbishment (to enable a room service delivery model);
  • sterile services department refurbishment;
  • perioperative services refurbishment;
  • new large clinical block including dedicated obstetric and pre and post-natal services and facilities. 
  • ward refurbishments including main entrance;
  • lift refurbishments and additional service lifts;
  • upgrades to engineering infrastructure;
  • upgrades to administrative and support functions and infrastructure.

New medical suites, education and research building, including

  • six (or more floors) of strata-title consulting suites;
  • whole floor(s) for education and research;
  • ground floor café and retail opportunities;
  • basement tenant car park.  

A new site energy plant (SEP), including

  • new engineering infrastructure;
  • SEP link to connect to the new and existing facilities.

Car parking additions, including

  • multi-storey car park expansion, to extend the life of the car park, and add an additional two levels of car parking;
  • reconfiguration and removal of other car parks across the hospital;
  • net gain of approximately 222 bays across the hospital.
Our Local Development Plan (LDP) has been approved by the Town of Cambridge. We are now seeking a Development Application (DA).
No. The hospital are tendering soon for a building contractor, with a view to engagement in early 2021.
It is anticipated that work will commence on stage one in mid 2021, pending approval.
It is anticipated that the redevelopment will be finished by end of 2025.
Until the building contractor has been appointed, we are unable to confirm the overall cost of the project.
A staged process allows the hospital to continue service provision, with minimal disruption. The timings and what areas of work contained in each stage are not yet finalised.

A local development plan is a mechanism used to coordinate and assist in achieving better built form outcomes by linking lot design to future development. It can facilitate the design and coordination of development upon small and highly constrained lots, and supplement development standards contained within local planning schemes and the Residential Design Codes (R-Codes). At the local government’s discretion, a local development plan can also streamline the development approval process, with compliant development exempt from the requirement to obtain development approval.

While the Town’s planning framework does not restrict building heights, its West Leederville Precinct Policy states “development on the St John of God Hospital site may be of a larger scale consistent with existing buildings on site.” Our redevelopment plans include a new nine-storey Mother and Baby Centre and an eight-storey medical suites and research building, plus an additional two levels to the multi-storey car park for a total of six storeys. We are confident these buildings are appropriate and reflect the scale of the existing seven-storey hospital building and the former (demolished) seven-storey St John of God House.
The proposed Site Energy Plant (SEP) located on the Station Street end of the Subiaco site will house the majority of heating and cooling plant required to support the new facilities and replace existing infrastructure.

Visitors can continue to access the multi-storey car park whilst it is being refurbished as part of the Subiaco redevelopment. The majority of the works undertaken will be above the current top storey.  A temporary car park will be constructed on the former St John of God House site on the Cambridge Street side that will accommodate overflow from the multi-storey car park and reconfigured staff car parking. 

Upon completion, 222 new parking bays will be added to St John of Go Subiaco Hospital, improving parking accessibility for visitors to the hospital, as well as the caregivers and medical practitioners

There will be a minimal increase. We commissioned Transcore to conduct a Transport Impact Assessment (TIA) report with respect to our proposed LDP.  Extensive video traffic surveys and manual traffic counts were undertaken to establish the existing traffic and parking situation at St John of God Subiaco Hospital and to accurately inform development of the LDP.  Their report concluded that:

  • the additional traffic on surrounding roads and intersections as a result of the proposed LDP would be relatively low and the level of impact due to the proposed LDP is expected to be local with minimum traffic disruption on major surrounding roads; 
  • the overall network performance would not change significantly as a result of the proposed LDP and the additional level of delays and queue dues were reported to be minimal.
There will be no changes to visiting hours.
There will be between up to 20 beds for adults and children in the emergency department.
The emergency department will be open 24 hours 7 days a week.
No. In general, ambulances do not use their sirens and lights when they are close to their final destination. Sirens are mainly used in situations of transporting critical patients or those with life threatening conditions and the need for other vehicles to move out of their way. 

The emergency department at St John of God Subiaco Hospital is expected to receive up to four ambulances a day, mainly due to the small bed numbers in the department. To compare, Fiona Stanley Hospital emergency department has 66 beds. Acute trauma patients will not be admitted to this emergency department, instead they will be directed to nearby tertiary hospitals.

We have an ongoing relationship with Rotary Osborne Park, and supports their Hospital Equipment Project through the donation of superseded equipment to hospitals in Cambodia, Sri Lanka and South Sudan. Items such as hospital beds and mattresses, C arms, X ray machines, computers, orthopaedic equipment, paediatric cribs, wheelchairs, heart monitoring equipment, defibrillators and infusion pumps, theatre beds and theatre lights, and ultrasound transducers are donated.

The hospital has also donated money towards assisting in the transportation of the donated equipment, and they do not send items that are unserviceable. If equipment can be repaired this is completed before sending away.

The hospital also has a robust environmental stewardship program that works in collaboration with Suez waste management, to ensure that all recycling efforts are maintained.

There will be a small number of mature trees removed, as part of the Subiaco redevelopment. However there is a comprehensive landscaping and planting plan that will revitalise the public open spaces, and add additional trees and greenery to the Subiaco site. The landscaping plan will incorporate a central landscape corridor connecting the north and south entries of Salvado Road and Cambridge Street, with wide terraced steps and a feature curved integrated landscape. This corridor will feature multi- levelled awn areas, a continuous ribbon of decorative planting, shaded plantings for seating and as an outlook for the adjacent buildings.
No. It will be business as usual. We will be adding services and facilities as they come online during the Subiaco redevelopment, further adding to the overall patient experience
Yes. With the expansion of existing services and the development of new facilities, we will have to employ over 100 clinical and non-clinical caregivers to fulfil roles in these areas. Additionally there will be jobs created through the appointment of the contractor, sub-contractors and consultants involved in the Subiaco redevelopment.
No. The hospital has undergone extensive planning to ensure that all services will continue with no disruptions during the staged redevelopment. Through working with all of our caregivers, medical practitioners and visitors to the hospital via regular communication and progress updates, all of the stakeholders will be kept well informed.
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