Linking the future of healthcare

Key link … The Children’s Hospital at Westmead Clinical Program director Brad Ceely, The Westmead Institute for Medical Research incoming executive director, Professor Philip O’Connell and Westmead and Auburn Hospitals general manager Brett Thompson.

Teams working on Westmead Redevelopment’s Central Acute Services Building (CASB) have cause to celebrate a massive milestone with the completion of the almost three-year linkway project.

The linkway connects the new CASB to Westmead Hospital, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (CHW) and The Westmead Institute for Medical Research (WIMR), allowing crucial patient transfers as well as staff and public access between the health facilities.

“This is a significant milestone for the Westmead Redevelopment Project,” said Westmead and Auburn Hospitals General Manager Brett Thompson, who this week inspected the linkway alongside CHW’s Clinical Program Director Brad Ceely and WIMR’s incoming Executive Director, Professor Philip O’Connell.

“The new linkway is the first connection of the two major hospitals and is a tangible symbol of what this project is all about – a true partnership which will deliver improved health outcomes for the people of western Sydney and beyond.

“The high-level collaboration and skill that went into successfully completing this complex piece of work is a testament to all involved.”

Mr Ceely added, “With two hospitals operating on the one site, collaboration and teamwork is imperative, and the completion of this new linkway is a great example of that.

“It’s been fantastic to see the gradual progress of this project and now the linkway is in its end-state, we can look forward to the next major milestone, the opening of the CASB in October next year.”

This crucial piece of hospital infrastructure serves as a vital transfer link for patients, families and staff, especially between the existing adult facilities and the new CASB as well as for critically-ill babies born at Westmead Hospital needing urgent surgery and other interventions at CHW.

Professor O’Connell said it was also an essential point of connection for the scientists, clinicians and students across the Westmead Health Precinct.

The CASB – a partnership between Westmead Hospital, CHW and the University of Sydney – will integrate health services for adults and children. The new hospital is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to keeping people healthy and out of hospital, providing world-class clinical services with timely access.

Among the features of the CASB will be two new Emergency Departments – one for adults and one for children – additional operating theatres, medical imaging and pharmacy.