Future of paediatric healthcare in Western Sydney unveiled
Gardens, playgrounds, family rooms and accommodation for carers are among the highlights of a major expansion being delivered as part of the $619 million Stage 2 redevelopment at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.
On Sunday 8 May 2022, Premier Dominic Perrottet, Minister for Health, Brad Hazzard, and Sydney Children's Hospitals Network Chief Executive Cathryn Cox launched a new fly-through video and updated artist impressions of The Children's Hospital at Westmead Stage 2 Redevelopment, which showcase the world-class clinical areas within the new state-of-the-art Paediatric Services building which has been designed to create a homelike and supportive environment for treatment and recovery.
Premier Dominic Perrottet said the redevelopment will deliver new and expanded critical health care facilities as part of the NSW Government’s record investment in our health system.
“The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network is the largest provider of paediatric health services in Australia, and this redevelopment will deliver the best paediatric healthcare in the country,” Mr Perrottet said.
“This is a once-in-a-generation project that will strengthen our frontline services by delivering world-class healthcare facilities and services for families to provide them with the care and support when they need it most.”
Minister for Health Brad Hazzard said the major expansion at Westmead, alongside redevelopments at the Sydney’s Children’s Hospital at Randwick, is part of a record investment of more than $1.3 billion in paediatric healthcare across the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network.
“Due for completion in 2025, the new state-of-the-art paediatric hospital for Western Sydney will consolidate the state’s most critical paediatric services including intensive care, surgical, medical and cancer care and provide the latest facilities for child and adolescent health,” Mr Hazzard said.
“Patients, families, staff and community have been involved at every stage of the planning to ensure these facilities support patient wellbeing, enable new models of care, and provide modern working environments for our staff to accommodate current and emerging treatments and technology.”
Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (SCHN) Chief Executive Cathryn Cox PSM said the project is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform kids health.
“The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network is the largest provider of paediatric health services in Australia, and this redevelopment will provide the opportunity to build on the tradition of delivering quality paediatric healthcare for children across NSW and beyond,” Ms Cox said.
The new Paediatric Services Building, which will provide new and expanded critical care and acute healthcare services including:
- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
- Paediatric Intensive Care Unit
- Cancer services
- Operating theatres
- Cardiac catheterisation and interventional laboratories
- Inpatient units
The redevelopment also features a revitalised forecourt and playground called KIDSPARK to welcome families, an Aboriginal Meeting Place, village green, and enhanced retail offerings to improve the experience for patients, families and staff at the hospital.
Roberts Co has been awarded the contract to build the Paediatric Services Building with work set to begin later this year.
To address the growth in healthcare services at Westmead, a new multi-storey car park is also being delivered as part of the project which will provide almost 1,000 car parking spaces.
The new hospital car park will be the first in NSW to feature solar panels on the façade and roof, generating around 600kW of renewable energy to reduce carbon emissions and general power at the hospital.
Australian-owned business Kane Constructions has been awarded the contract to build the new carpark. Early work is under way with work expected to be completed in 2023.
The $619 million Stage 2 Redevelopment of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead follows the Stage 1 investment into the Westmead Redevelopment which included a new children's Emergency Department, Short Stay Unit and operating theatres located in Block K (Central Acute Services Building) of Westmead Hospital. A further $658 million has been committed to the redevelopment of the Sydney Children’s Hospital Stage 1 and Children’s Comprehensive Cancer Centre at Randwick.
The investments into Westmead and Randwick are part of the NSW Government’s record $10.8 billion investment in health infrastructure to 2024-25. Since 2011, more than 170 health capital works projects have been completed, with more than 110 currently underway.
More information can be found at https://westmeadkidsredevelopment.health.nsw.gov.au