A glimpse of one of the state’s biggest health projects – the more than $900 million Westmead redevelopment – reveals a major transformation for Western Sydney health services.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Health Minister Brad Hazzard today unveiled new fly-through vision of the 14-storey Central Acute Services Building.
“I am thrilled to unveil what will actually be Australia’s largest health precinct, including two new emergency departments, state-of-the-art digital operating theatres and inpatient units,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“This massive project will further propel Westmead as a truly world-class health, research and education precinct for Western Sydney patients.”
Mr Hazzard said the redevelopment is at the heart of the NSW Liberals & Nationals’ record $8 billion health infrastructure boom over the next four years.
“Not only will the Westmead Redevelopment improve health outcomes for local patients, but it will also be a key provider of jobs for greater Western Sydney, generating some 850 jobs on-site in coming months.”
Once the project is completed, more than 30 per cent of the existing Westmead Hospital will have been refurbished and 1400 additional car spaces added.
Westmead Hospital clinical director of surgery and anaesthetics A/Professor Dr Gary Morgan said the project will bring Westmead to modern health facility standards.
“A forty-year-old hospital might sound young but Westmead Hospital is actually near the end of its life. Medicine and technology has changed,” A/Prof Morgan said.
“Our local health district is the fastest growing in Sydney so we need to be appropriately resourced.”
The Central Acute Services Building, due for completion in 2020, will feature:
- Separate adult and paediatric emergency departments
- A new helipad
- Medical imaging
- Cardiac inpatient units
- Sterilising service
- A NSW Infectious Diseases Unit
- State-of-the art operating suites
- Surgical inpatient units
The NSW Government has committed more than $900 million to the Westmead Redevelopment, including $765 million for the new hospital building and refurbishments to Westmead Hospital, $95 million for The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and $72 million for parking improvements.
In addition, the NSW Government is continuing investment in the State’s medical research sector, including at Westmead, to support a culture of evidence-based medicine and scientific excellence, and attract the best talent to the health system.
The University of Sydney has also committed $500 million over 15 years, with $60 million already invested into the precinct towards education, training and research opportunities.
Stage 1 of the hospital’s refurbishment is now complete and includes a new 16-bed gastroenterology ward, new ear, nose and throat and audiology units, a new 64-bed in-patient unit and the Westmead Education and Conference Centre.
Planning for Stage 2 of the refurbishment program is underway, and will include an expanded intensive care unit, gastroenterology comprehensive care centre and aged care, as well as a new adolescent and young adult unit.
A new 1250-space multi-storey car park was opened last year, and in March this year, the new Clinical Research Centre opened at Kids Research at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.
To view the new fly-through and images, visit https://bit.ly/2tOBAyB