$50m funding boost unites research and care in new neuro-science facility

A brand new paediatric neuro-science care centre is set to open as part of the Sydney Children’s Hospital Stage 1 redevelopment project, thanks to a further $50 million cash injection by the NSW Government.

The Neurosciences Comprehensive Care and Research Centre (NCCRC) will bring multidisciplinary clinicians and researchers together in a dedicated setting, which Dr Hugo Sampaio, Head of Neurology at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick (SCH) says is one of the most exciting aspects offered by the new facility. The co-location of clinicians will allow for even greater translation of cutting edge research to treatment, supporting children with severe and complex neurological disorders.

Care for neurological patients has always been a collaborative effort between disciplines across our hospital. The ability to offer education, specialised pharmacy and novel drug therapies, the newest imaging, and also rehabilitation services in a purpose build facility will help us achieve the best possible outcomes for current and future patients with neurologic disorders.” Dr Hugo Sampaio, Head of Neurology, SCH.

Expected to open in 2025, the NCCRC will support children with a range of neurological conditions, like nine-year-old Ronan, who has made an incredible recovery after suffering a stroke at just five years of age.

Ronan was complaining of headaches which I thought was just a lack of water. Three weeks later we rushed Ronan to hospital where an emergency MRI showed that he was suffering from a major stroke – it was truly shocking, I didn’t think kids could have a stroke.” Amy, Ronan’s mum.

Around 600 Australian children suffer from stroke each year and more commonly doctors are realising a genetic cause to the life-threatening condition. Even more children are cared for by the team for a wide range of neurological conditions and injuries. For Ronan, emergency brain surgery, specialist pharmaceutical support and genetic testing were all performed to better understand and treat his condition. While the underlying cause of his stroke remains unclear, he has made a miraculous recovery and with ongoing monitoring, treatment and rehabilitation, continues to improve every day.

NCCRC will include inpatient beds and ambulatory services and treat children with a range of conditions including complex epilepsy, neuromuscular disorders, cerebral palsy, dementia, neurodegenerative disorders, traumatic brain injury, brain tumours, rare diseases and stroke.

The new centre will form part of the $608 million Sydney Children’s Hospital Stage 1 and Children’s Comprehensive Cancer Centre redevelopment project. Planning and design will commence in the coming months with the redevelopment team and neurosciences department.

Learn more about the Sydney Children's Hospital Stage 1 Redevelopment project here.