Westmead redevelopment project
Transforming the Westmead Health Precinct into an innovative, contemporary and integrated community
As part of a program of improved healthcare facilities for patients, families and staff across the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network – the redevelopment program will deliver new and expanded health services for our state’s children.
Why is the Redevelopment needed?
The NSW Government has committed funding for the redevelopment in recognition of the need to improve efficiencies across the existing Hospital, to improve ageing infrastructure and address the changing models of healthcare to meet future growth and demand of New South Wales' western Sydney communities.
Stage 1: Central Acute Services Building (complete)
The Children's Hospital at Westmead's redevelopment program reached its first major milestone on Tuesday, 9 March when the new Emergency Department, Children's Short Stay Unit as well as medical imaging and pharmacy to support those services, opened in the Westmead Health Precinct's newest building.
The building, a partnership between Western Sydney Health District, Sydney Children's Hospitals Network and the University of Sydney is the first facility in New South Wales to feature integrated health services for children and adults.
Have a look at the wayfinding maps and a video on how to get to the new Children's Emergency Department.
Read the FAQs and everything else you need to know about our new building.
Stage 2: Paediatric Services Building (planning & design)
In March 2019, the NSW Government announced $619 million for a new Paediatric Services Building and car parking for The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.
The new Paediatric Services Building, will feature an expansion of acute paediatric services. This includes Operating Theatres, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Cancer services and Pharmacy.
In November 2020, Minister for Health Brad Hazzard unveiled a first look at the new Paediatric Services Building.
What planning has been done for the The Children's Hospital at Westmead Redevelopment?
In 2020, the focus was on defining how the new services will function and where the departments in the building are located (Functional Briefing and Concept Design). This was followed by the development of more detailed internal layouts (Schematic Design).
Have you engaged with patients, families and staff?
The redevelopment team is dedicated to listening to as many people as we can to ensure our buildings and services meet the needs of patients, their families and the community now and into the future. Across the Network, there is a commitment to co-design and putting patients and families at the centre of everything we do. Throughout 2020, we connected with over 100 families and facilitated online workshops to capture feedback on the design of the new hospital.
Alongside the workshops, we also engaged patients, parents and families, school and university students, researchers and staff through online surveys – one for kids and one for adults, to support a major design phase of the project, concept design. More than 250 kids also told us what’s important for the new children’s hospitals too. We learnt what they feel, what they like best and what we can add to our new buildings to make them feel positive and homely.
Where are we up to now?
While many milestones have been achieved, it’s exciting to consider what lays ahead. 2021 is a big year for our project. Design Development recently launched as the final design phase of the redevelopment. This stage of the process adds another layer of details to the outcomes of Schematic Design and looks at the design within each room, as well as developing a list of technology, furniture, fixtures and equipment for different areas of the new hospital. Over one hundred staff, as well as consumer and community representatives, will be involved during Design Development to help inform the architects and project teams design of our new Hospital.
Parramatta Light Rail
The Parramatta Light Rail will have a number of sections where it will be free from overhead wires to seamlessly integrate with the surrounding environment.
The 12-kilometre, $2.4 billion Parramatta Light Rail will connect Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia, and is expected to commence services in 2023.
To find out more about the project, visit www.parramattalightrail.nsw.gov.au
For project-specific enquiries email the Network's Redevelopment team (SCHN-Plan@health.nsw.gov.au)
For communications and consumer engagement enquiries, email Elizabeth Mackenzie (firstname.lastname@example.org), Communications Manager, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.