Close Observation Unit officially opens

Today Minister for Health Brad Hazzard visited The Children’s Hospital at Westmead to officially open our new Close Observation Unit.

The unit is part of a $4.95 million investment by the NSW Government to increase critical care capacity at The Children’s Hopsital at Westmead. It consists of six single high dependency beds, including a state of the art N-Class isolation room.

The six-bed high dependency unit, located on level 3 of The Hospital, has been under construction since February and will run and managed as part of The Hospital’s Paediatric Intensive Care Unit.

The Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and peri-operative suites are all located on the same floor and are in close proximity.

Each of the six single rooms in the Unit has its own en-suite and carer zone with a single fold out bed, making it easier for parents to be at their child’s side at all times.

The project also included the construction of two new staff stations, a staff tea room, meeting rooms and parent kitchen. A number of workspaces and meeting rooms, which will be used in education, training and research, make up the rest of the new space.

The unit has been designed to cater for infants, children and young people who have complex medical and/or nursing needs.

To continue expansion into the future, The NSW Government has invested $95 million to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead’s redevelopment stage 1, which will deliver a new emergency department and 32 short-stay beds, to be completed in 2020.

The NSW Government has announced more than $900 million towards the Westmead Hospitals Redevelopment.