rpa redevelopment


The NSW Government has committed $750 million to the redevelopment of Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) Hospital to deliver a new hospital building and refurbishment of existing spaces. 

This is the most significant investment in RPA’s 140-year history to support the world-leading services provided at RPA for the 740,000 people who live in Sydney Local Health District and the more than 1 million people who come into the District each day to work, study and visit.

When complete, the RPA Redevelopment will deliver:
  • Expanded and enhanced Emergency Department and Intensive Care Units
  • State-of-the-art operating theatres
  • Expanded and improved adult inpatient accommodation
  • Increased interventional and imaging services
  • Expanded neonatology services
  • Facilities and capabilities for integrated research, education and training
  • Improved public domain and services including roads, wayfinding, landscaping and information and communications technology infrastructure.
The vision for the RPA Redevelopment is:
  • That RPA sustainably delivers world-class, world-leading, personalised patient and family-centred care for the communities it serves.
  • That RPA is an anchor for leading translational research in Australia, equal to be best in the world.
  • That RPA works with partners through innovation, advanced technologies, research, integration and trials new, value-based models of care to integrate and transform healthcare and improve health outcomes.
  • That RPA’s Connection with Country will be further enhanced.
As planning progresses, further opportunities to enhance the integration of training, education and research will be explored to further cement RPA’s position as a leading principal referral hospital.

Digitally enabled and virtual models of care such as rpavirtual will continue to be enhanced and expanded, to build on the success of RPA Virtual Hospital – the first virtual hospital of its kind in NSW (opened February 2020).  

The RPA Hospital Redevelopment will:
  • Increase capacity and capability to respond to increasing needs in service demand and community expectations
  • Increase access to contemporary medicine/care
  • Improve patient and carer experience through provision of more appropriate and accessible configured inpatient facilities
  • Re-purpose existing facilities i.e. maximise the value of existing assets
  • Treat patients in the appropriate clinical setting
  • Improve staff satisfaction, retention and attraction 
  • Improve facilities and services that support the realisation of the Precinct Strategy
  • Reduce fragmentation of services to improve patient flows and increase efficiency.
The Redevelopment provides an opportunity to improve physical infrastructure, develop facilities that meet the future demands of the community, improve patient and staff amenity, implement new models of care and ensure sustainability and resilience into the future.

The RPA Redevelopment is currently in the planning phase and consultation is underway with staff, clinicians, consumers and the community to help inform planning and design. The project is expected to include early works, enabling and decanting works to facilitate the refurbishment and a new build that is respectfully integrated with existing hospital facilities.