Kids Emergency at Westmead opens its doors
After 25 years of service and caring for more than a million patients, today, The Children's Hospital at Westmead's Emergency Department starts its next chapter in the Westmead Health Precinct's newest building, Block K.
Mishkat, Valli and Rayyaan were part of a special moment in our history, being the first patients cared for in our new Emergency Department, Children's Short Stay Unit and Medical Imaging.
In a series of milestone moments, the first patient walked through the doors around 9am, the first x-ray at 10.15am, 10.30am marked the first ambulance to arrive and the first patient admitted to the Children's Short Stay Unit around 10.45am. Our teams have spent months preparing and simulations were finally put to the test. It was a huge amount of work and a truly successful move.
The children’s departments in the new building are located on the street level (level 2) and provide fast-tracked service to ensure patients are treated quickly and safely in an environment that has been built for the future. Patient drop-off for the new ED is via Hawkesbury Road, 400 metres north of the intersection with Darcy Road. Motorists should follow all signage and directions to the new Emergency entrance. For parking, please use the P5 carpark located underneath the new building.
A partnership between Western Sydney Health District, University of Sydney and the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network, the new building features two new emergency departments – one for adults, one for children – more than 300 patient rooms and 25 digital operating theatres.
The new building is the centrepiece of the $1 billion-plus Westmead Redevelopment project, and will provide Western Sydney with high-quality healthcare, research and educational facilities for decades to come.
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.