Premier of NSW officially opens new building at Westmead

Western Sydney today celebrated a major healthcare milestone with the opening of Westmead’s state-of-the-art Central Acute Services Building (CASB).

Premier Gladys Berejiklian officially opened the world-class CASB (also known as Block K) today, signalling a new era in high-tech health and research for the communities of western Sydney.

Ms Berejiklian said the 14-level building and its staff would transform healthcare in western Sydney and provide ground-breaking research to benefit every Australian.

“This new hospital building will help ensure western Sydney continues to reap the advantages of high-quality care, research and education for decades to come,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“It will also integrate a range of adult and children’s health services for the first time on the Westmead Health Precinct.”

A collaboration between Westmead Hospital, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and the University of Sydney, the CASB forms the centre-piece of the more than $1 billion Westmead Redevelopment.

Key features of the new building include:

  • Two new emergency departments — one for adults and one for children
  • 25 digital operating theatres
  • More than 300 patient rooms
  • 1.5 floors for the University of Sydney to further integrate education, research and health services.

Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network Chief Executive Cathryn Cox said the opening marked a significant milestone in the Network’s history.

“Watching the doors of our new Emergency Department open for the very first time represents a culmination of years of hard work by all Westmead Health precinct partners. Our partnerships with Western Sydney Local Health District, the University of Sydney and Health Infrastructure have been vital in delivering a new hospital building with areas that have been purpose-built for sick and injured children and young people from across NSW and beyond.”

The Network’s Director of Redevelopment Tim Hoffmann said the completion of the Stage 1 redevelopment project and that it generates excitement for the Network’s other redevelopment projects at Westmead and Randwick.

“The opening of our new shared building in the Westmead Health Precinct leads us into the next chapter of redevelopment projects at both Randwick and Westmead. The work at both hospitals will continue to transform kids’ health through expanded and improved healthcare facilities for patients, families and staff.”