Future focus

Infrastructure timelineOur vision is for a robust hospital and health service that includes fit-for-purpose spaces, multi-disciplinary health services, research, education and community partnerships.

West Moreton has the highest population growth in Queensland with the population across Somerset, Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley and Ipswich expected to almost double to more than 588,000 by 2036.

As the West Moreton community expands, we are committed to transforming and optimising our care through service redesign, research and innovation to continue to meet the healthcare needs of our growing and diverse community.

West Moreton Health has developed a staged approach to delivering new infrastructure, services and models of care in a co-design partnership with our staff, community and other healthcare providers.

Ipswich Hospital Expansion Stage 1

The Queensland Government has provided $146.3 million under the Building Better Hospitals program to develop the first stage of the Ipswich Hospital Expansion.

The staged development is responding to the significant growth in demand for healthcare by bringing our Ipswich-based acute, non-acute, outpatient and community services together in modern facilities with state-of-the-art medical equipment.

Our Stage 1 projects have included:

  • an expansion of Ipswich Hospital that created:
    • a 26-bed medical and surgical ward
    • Allied Health Services Outpatient Unit
    • Oncology Day Unit
  • construction of a new Acute Mental Health Unit on Chelmsford Ave
  • a state-of-the-art magnetic resonance imaging suite at Ipswich Hospital.

To find out more, read the Stage 1 West Moreton Health Stage 1 fact sheet.

Acute Mental Health Unit
Acute Mental Health Unit
An artist impression of the new Acute Mental Health Unit

The Acute Mental Health Unit currently under construction on Chelmsford Ave will provide a fit-for-purpose environment for the delivery of person-centred, contemporary models of mental health care.

Designed to reflect a residential environment, this purpose-built unit will give consumers access to internal courtyards, gardens and outdoor areas, and multiple barbecue areas for families, to support their recovery and wellbeing.

We have partnered with health consumers, carers and expert clinicians to ensure the unit provides a safe space to improve wellbeing.

The ground level will contain offices and limited parking for government vehicles. There will be two clinical floors. On the top level, an enclosed bridge will link the new unit with Ipswich Hospital for the safe movement of consumers, staff and deliveries.

The Acute Mental Health Unit is expected to open in 2023 and will mark the completion of stage one of the Ipswich Hospital Expansion.

Once the new Acute Mental Health Unit is opened and operational, the current Mental Health Unit at Ipswich Hospital will be demolished. This land will be held in reserve for future development.

Our neighbours

West Moreton Health aims to be a good neighbour as we build this new facility. We know construction can affect nearby residents and we will continue to do all we can to minimise impact. 

For information and enquiries, please email WMCommunications@health.qld.gov.au.

Name the Crane competition winner  

Eleven-year-old Theodore, from Mutdapilly State School, has taken out first place in the Ipswich Hospital - Acute Mental Health Unit Name the Crane colouring competition.  

Thanks to Theodore’s creativity, the tower crane that is supporting the delivery of the Acute Mental Health Unit project is now known as ‘Sir Fix-a-Lot’.  

Hosted by BESIX Watpac and West Moreton Health in 2021, the competition called on local primary school-aged children to suggest potential names for the crane that towers over the construction site.

The 80m tower crane and 55m luffing boom is capable of lifting loads up to eight tonnes.   

Congratulations to our winner, and a big thank you to everyone who participated. 

For more information read the Name the Crane winner announced news article.

Future planning at West Moreton Health

West Moreton Health is working towards increasing our capacity to deliver more complex specialist care to the community. This will allow consumers to be treated closer to home instead of travelling outside the region for essential healthcare. Currently, one in three consumers are treated elsewhere.

West Moreton Health is committed to developing health precincts that meet consumers’ needs, using technology and innovation to provide services more efficiently and sustainably. This means doing things differently in the future. 

In the short, medium and long term, we are working to identify the mix of infrastructure, services and digital solutions West Moreton Health will need to meet future demand in acute, non-acute, outpatient and community health settings.

Ipswich Hospital Expansion Stage 2

West Moreton Health has completed a preliminary business case to identify the infrastructure and services needed to deliver complex care to our growing population. 

This work seeks to improve:

  • access to healthcare
  • health outcomes
  • consumer and staff satisfaction
  • safety in healthcare delivery
  • sustainable healthcare delivery
  • healthcare environments that are built fit-for-purpose
  • the local economy.

The Stage 2 Ipswich Hospital Expansion proposes a staged redevelopment of the Ipswich Hospital site on Chelmsford Ave.

Alcohol and Other Drugs Service in Ipswich

The Queensland Government has begun planning the creation of a $24.5 million Alcohol and Other Drugs withdrawal management and rehabilitation facility.

The facility will provide 10 withdrawal management beds and 35 residential rehabilitation beds.

We are working with the Department of Health to find a suitable location.

Satellite healthcare facility at South Ripley
Satellite healthcare facility South Ripley
Artist impression of the satellite healthcare facility to be built in South Ripley

A satellite healthcare facility at South Ripley will ease demand on Ipswich Hospital and provide care closer to home for residents in this residential growth corridor.

With the Queensland Government, West Moreton Health is planning the mix of services needed in South Ripley that supports  public healthcare delivery and provides better care closer to home.

Work is underway to find the right mix of services to provide:

  • outpatient services
  • treatment for minor injuries and illnesses
  • virtual healthcare.

Services will be informed by the needs of the community and the facility is expected to open in 2023.

This is part of the government’s $265 million program to build seven satellite healthcare facilities in South East Queensland.

Co-located on the site will be a 90-bed sub-acute facility.

To find out more, visit Ipswich healthcare facility | Queensland Health.

Get involved

West Moreton Health is committed to engaging regularly with people and businesses interested in the design and delivery of our capital works program.

To get involved, register an expression of interest as a consumer representative, ask a question or give feedback, please email WMCommunications@health.qld.gov.au, phone (07) 3810 1111 or write to West Moreton Health Communications and Engagement, PO Box 73, Ipswich QLD 4305.

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