Some of the Clinical Research Centre team who will be using the new space
Construction of a new, purpose-designed paediatric clinical trial and research facility is now complete, with the builders handing the site over to the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network last week.
The Clinical Research Centre (CRC) is the first of its kind in NSW and equal to facilities at leading paediatric hospitals internationally. It is part of the Kids Research Institute (KRI) project at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, as part of the Westmead Redevelopment, which also included an office refurbishment.
Research conducted at the centre will vary. It will include investigational, observational and psychological studies, questionnaires, and trials, exploring everything from rare childhood diseases to food allergies. It is anticipated that more than 1000 patients will visit the centre annually when it begins seeing patients from next month.
Director of research for the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network Professor Chris Cowell said: “The refurbished office space and Clinical Research Centre look great and we are looking forward to welcoming patients into the facility next month.
“We have enjoyed the professionalism and team approach to the build from the Westmead Redevelopment team and it is exciting to see our vision for such a cutting-edge facility come to life.”
A special thank you to Chris Cowell, Katie Babula, Kirrilee Drew, Rebecca Reilly, Cate Smith, Tom McGregor and the FDC team for their work on the project.
Left: treatment bays that will be used in a number of clinical trials
Right: an interactive zone for children visiting the centre