First glimpse inside Australia’s tallest health building at Westmead

Left to right: Westmead and Auburn hospitals general manager Brett Thompson, Western Sydney Local Health District acting chief executive Robynne Cooke, NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard and Multiplex regional director Brendan Sweeney.

The sheer size, scope and potential of Westmead Hospital’s Central Acute Services Building (CASB) as part of the $1 billion Westmead Redevelopment project has been revealed today.

An artist’s impression of the new hospital building.

On track for completion next year, Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the 14-storey CASB will be the tallest hospital building in the country, is the centerpiece of the massive health project and reflects the NSW Government’s commitment to health in Western Sydney and across the State.

“This is the first glimpse inside the jewel in the crown of Australia’s biggest health, education and research precinct which will deliver services on a scale never seen before,” Mr Hazzard said.

The NSW Health Minister takes a look inside the prototype rooms, which provide models of what the rooms will look like in the new building.

“This building will connect Westmead Hospital and The Children’s Hospital, and include new emergency departments, operating theatres, surgical suites, helipad and infectious diseases unit.

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard tours the new building with Westmead and Auburn hospitals general manager Brett Thompson and acting chief executive Robynne Cooke.

“We are now just a few floors away from topping out this building which will also contain a paediatric short stay unit, medical imaging, cardiac inpatient units, sterilising services and more.

Westmead and Auburn hospitals general manager Brett Thompson, Western Sydney Local Health District acting chief executive Robynne Cooke and NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard.

“It symbolises not only what the NSW Government has delivered for the health care of families in Western Sydney but across the State – $8.5 billion on health facilities with $8 billion on the way.”

The CASB is the heart of the entire health precinct, which will be a global health city with commercial, development and lifestyle opportunities for Western Sydney. It will contain four major hospitals, three medical research institutions and two world-class universities.

The CASB will be completed in 2020.

The NSW Government recently announced its partnership with the University of Sydney to establish a second campus which aims to attract 25,000 students and create 20,000 jobs.

“Our Government is assuring the best health and education facilities in the country so we attract the brightest doctors, nurses, researchers, scientists and students to the region,” Mr Hazzard said.