WSLHD Capital Works – what are we doing?

The installation of two new MRI machines was just one project completed as part of WSLHD’s Capital Works program in 2016/17.

Western Sydney Local Health District’s Capital Works program has had a busy 12 months.

Here’s some of the projects that were completed in the 2016/17 financial year:

  • New communications rooms for wifi (Westmead Hospital)

The 25 new rooms were completed in July 2016 to provide wifi across the hospital. The rooms were required to provide infrastructure support for eMR2 and other programs.

  • Critical care and medicine – swapping E3C & C3C (Westmead Hospital)

The project wrapped up earlier this year. The work included renovations and the installation of 13 new patient monitors. Two new bathrooms were installed in E3C while C3C was refurbished with a new patient kitchenette, swipe access medication room and a refurbished staff room. The ward swap provides better access from the cardiothoracic unit to ICU.

  • Two new MRI machines (Westmead Hospital)

The hospital now has three MRI machines, creating greater capacity for research while also decreasing waiting times for inpatients and outpatients requiring a scan.

  • New linear accelerator (LINAC), Brainlab and chillers (Westmead Hospital)

A new linear accelerator will be installed in the Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre. The LINAC offers external beam radiation treatment for cancer patients. The project also includes upgrades to the existing chillers to the LINAC bunkers.

  • Safety & security upgrdes at mental health facilities (Cumberland Hospital)

We installed additional electronic access to several wards in Cumberland Hospital and built new fencing around several facilities.

  • Two refurbished student common rooms (Westmead Hospital)

The rooms were managed and delivered on behalf of the University of Sydney. The works provide students with better amenities.

  • Relocation of services from clinical sciences corridor to the Research Education Network (REN) (Westmead Hospital)

Several research groups and executives moved to the REN building earlier this year. Minor refurbishments were made to accommodate the move, including a new staff resource room.

  • Roof membrane work on A, C & D block (Westmead Hospital)

Work on B block will start later this year.

  • Replacement of dental suction (Westmead Hospital)

The ageing dental suction plant was at the end of its life and in need of replacement. Complex shutdowns were co-ordinated with staff to install the new plant.


The Capital Works team also purchased nearly $3 million worth of new equipment, including three new anaesthetic machines for Westmead Hospital’s operating suites, upgrades to the Westmead Breast Cancer Institute, four new ventilators for Westmead Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit and new beds in ICU.

What are we doing now?

Capital Works is currently working on several projects, including:

  • Refurbishment of C5C ward (Westmead Hospital)

The refurbished ward will provide accommodation for the treatment of cancer and palliative patients. The unit will offer appropriate spaces for short-stay and extended care patients.

  • Refurbishment of Yarella ward (Cumberland Hospital)

The work will provide enhanced safety and security for staff and patients, and improved amenity for patients.

  • Relocation of drug health to the clinical sciences corridor (Westmead Hospital)

The relocation will create an open plan work space, with new ways of working and audio visual and teleconferencing capacity.

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