Linking the future of health care

A new-look transfer corridor for critically ill babies born at Westmead Hospital who need urgent medical treatment at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (CHW) was officially unveiled today. 

The linkway provides access for patients, families and staff to move between the existing health facilities and the new Central Acute Services Building (CASB).

“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.

“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 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 and needing urgent surgery and other interventions at CHW.

The CASB is a partnership between Westmead Hospital, CHW and the University of Sydney. It will have integrated health services for adults and children and 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 a pharmacy.