Frequently Asked Questions

The Tasmanian Government has committed to an $87.3 million redevelopment of the Launceston General Hospital (LGH). While some of this money has been allocated for the additional floors of the 4K development, planning is required for how the remainder of the funding should be spent.

We will work with staff and the community over the coming months to develop a masterplan for the LGH and surrounding precinct for the Tasmanian Government to consider. The masterplan will provide recommendations to Government on a preferred development strategy that will support the LGH to deliver its services in the most effective and cost efficient manner. It will consider the services to be provided, demographics, future trends, existing facilities, capital and recurrent costs, best value and the return on capital investment.

What is a masterplan?

A masterplan provides long-term vision to guide future capital development works. It is a tool used for planning and communicating the most effective sequence of any future infrastructure works to better meet demand and to deliver contemporary spaces that facilitate efficient, effective and safe delivery of healthcare services. It also both supports a rationale for securing infrastructure funding and provides guidance on how to utilise such funding as and when it is secured. Masterplans should be reviewed and updated periodically.

Why have a masterplan for the LGH?

It is important to plan now for potential future capital investment on the LGH site to address projected demand for clinical services in Northern Tasmania and issues identified with current assets and infrastructure in the short, medium and longer term. A masterplan will provide a roadmap for the LGH site, and help ensure maximum public value in terms of economic, social and environmental outcomes is achieved by its redevelopment.

When will the masterplan be completed?

The Masterplan will be completed in May 2020 and will recommend a preferred development strategy to support the LGH to deliver its services in the most effective and efficient manner. This timeframe allows for thorough planning and engagement with the community, staff and key external stakeholders.

What is the scope of the masterplan?

The scope of the masterplan includes the main LGH campus and surrounding precinct, including Anne O’Byrne, 39 Frankland St, John L Grove, Allambi, and the old nurses’ home buildings.

Is there funding for the redevelopment?

Yes. The Tasmanian Government has committed $87.3 million over six years for redevelopment of the LGH. The masterplanning process will also make recommendations for longer term development.

Who is doing the masterplan?

The Clinical Planning Taskforce is working with the Asset Management Services (DoH) and Strategy and Planning (THS) to develop the masterplan. Expert clinical service planners and health facility planners will also be used.

What is a clinical service planner?

A clinical service planner has expertise in undertaking analysis, based on available evidence, about how health services are delivered to meet the needs of the community. Clinical service planners provide realistic assessment of future opportunities based in research and stakeholder consultation and they test findings against contemporary best practice.

What is clinical service planning?

Clinical service planning is the process of aligning the delivery of existing health services to meet the changing patterns of need and use of services. This aim is to make the most effective use of available and future health resources (funding, staff and infrastructure).

Clinical service planning is future orientated and usually adopts a medium-long term (10–15 years) perspective supporting healthcare providers to respond to:

  • health improvement for targeted populations
  • increasing or changing demand for health services
  • improved health service delivery models
  • emerging trends in health service delivery

For the LGH masterplan, the clinical service planning process will help to inform the physical space required by clinical departments and support services to meet current and future community needs, and how the LGH and surrounding precinct should be developed over time.

What is a health facility planner?

Planning of hospitals and health services is a specialised field. Health facility planners have technical expertise in designing buildings and facilities that provide optimal, patient-centred environments for the delivery of healthcare.

For the LGH masterplan, the health facility planners will translate the clinical service plan into design options and consult with stakeholders on the future development of the LGH precinct.

How can I have my say?

The masterplanning process is consultative. Its success will depend on the engagement and involvement of staff, consumers, the broader Launceston community and other key external stakeholders. We will let you know about activities you can get involved in throughout the masterplanning process.

How do I keep up to date with what’s happening?

We will provide regular updates on the progress of the masterplanning process through the staff newsletter and the Clinical Planning Taskforce webpage.

What about the private hospital collocation bid?

The process of developing the masterplan will involve testing of a number of options and scenarios, including the potential for a private hospital to be collocated on or adjacent to the LGH precinct.

Will consumers and the community be involved?

Yes. The community will be invited to make written submissions to the masterplanning process, and we will hold community forums. There are also two consumer representatives from the Northern Consumer and Community Engagement Council on the Northern Reference Group.

What about other organsiations?

A number of key external stakeholder organisations have significant interest in the LGH masterplanning process. These organisations will be invited to prepare written submissions and contribute to the masterplanning process.

What about the rural hospitals and community services?

The health service planning process will include consideration of how rural inpatient and community services are used and their relationship with services provided by the LGH.

Who is the Clinical Planning Taskforce?

The Clinical Planning Taskforce was established by Government to provide clinical advice on significant capital and strategic planning projects, including the LGH redevelopment. The Taskforce is chaired by the Chief Medical Officer and includes senior clinical and planning representatives from the Department of Health, Tasmanian Health Service, University of Tasmania and Primary Health Tasmania.

Terms of reference of the Clinical Planning Taskforce.

Who is the Northern Reference Group?

The Clinical Planning Taskforce has established the Northern Reference Group (NRG) to assist in development of the LGH masterplan. The NRG is co-chaired the Chief Medical Officer (Department of Health) and Executive Director Operations North/North West. It comprises representatives of the LGH Senior Management Group, Consumer and Community Engagement Council North, Australian Medical Association, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Foundation, Health and Community Services Union, Asset Management Services, and Strategy and Planning.

Terms of reference of the Northern Reference Group.

What is being done about the current demand pressures?

The staff of the THS provide quality services to Tasmanians in an increasingly high demand environment. The LGH leadership team is constantly reviewing strategies to manage demand. The health service planning process will help to identify any service gaps/pressure points and potential strategies that will help to ease pressure on the health service, eg, alternative models of care.