Network redevelopment marks milestone at Westmead

The Westmead Redevelopment Project officially marked an important milestone with the “topping out” ceremony of the Central Acute Services Building (CASB) attended by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Health Minister Brad Hazzard and Treasurer Dominic Perrottet.

Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (SCHN) Acting Chief Executive Cheryl McCullagh was part of the official welcoming party as the completion of the CASB’s exterior structure was celebrated with the traditional “planting” of a tree atop the 14-storey building.

The new hospital building is a collaboration between The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (CHW), Westmead Hospital and the University of Sydney and will transform healthcare in western Sydney and provide a base for ground-breaking health research to benefit every Australian.

The $95 million CHW investment in the building – which will open in late-2020 – includes a brand new and expanded Children’s Emergency Department, short-stay unit, additional operating theatres and shared medical imaging services.

It marks Stage 1 of the CHW redevelopment, with the State Government having also committed to CHW Stage 2 ($619 million) and the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick (SCH), Stage 1 ($608 million), bringing total investment in improving care for our sick kids across the network to $1.3 billion.

Speaking at the ceremony, Ms Berejiklian said the Westmead Redevelopment was part of an overall $2.7 billion spend on health infrastructure in 2019-20.

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“This redevelopment is just one of 200 health projects completed or in progress since 2011 that the Liberals & Nationals Government has funded, and the 2019-20 Budget will ensure the cranes keep moving,” Ms Berejiklian said.

Speaking the day after handing down the latest State Budget, Mr Perrottet said the building was an investment in the future health of the people of NSW.

“The $1 billion-plus Westmead precinct redevelopment provides NSW with a cutting-edge health, innovation and education precinct,” he said. Committed Budget allocations in 2019-20 for SCHN include the continuation of CHW Stage 1, early works for CHW Stage 2 and planning for SCH Stage 1.