Westmead redevelopment gets $100m in nsw budget

Posted 15 Jun 2016
Group stands in front of construction site holding sign of Westmead Redevelopment artist impression. Left to right - Health Minister Jillian Skinner, Premier Mike Baird, Geoff Lee MP, Mark Taylor MP and NSW Treasurer. All wear high vis vests and helmets. All similing except Treasurer who is looking at sign.

Almost $100 million will be included in next week’s State Budget to go towards the redevelopment of Westmead Hospital.

Premier Mike Baird, NSW Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian and NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner visited Westmead Hospital on June 15 to announce that $60.5 million will be spent on the new Acute Services Building and $38.8 million on the new car park.

Mr Baird said Westmead was the biggest hospital redevelopment in NSW.

"This is the biggest hospital redevelopment in the country," he said.

"It is much more than just a hospital. What we're creating here is what I strongly believe to be the best health city in the country and one of the best in the world.

"This redevelopment is a game changer for western Sydney and NSW and will boast the largest concentration of biomedical, scientific and healthcare-focused minds in the nation."

The money is part of the $900 million the government has already committed to the Westmead Redevelopment, including:

  • $750 million for Stage 1, which will co-locate complex and critical care services into a multi-storey Acute Services Building linking Westmead Hospital and The Children's Hospital at Westmead. Stage 1 also includes refurbishments to existing facilities including the intensive care unit. The Acute Services Building is due for completion in 2020 and will include new operating theatres, extra inpatient beds and new adult and paediatric emergency departments.
  • $95 million for The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.
  • $72 million for car parking, including a six-storey car park with 1250 spaces, due for completion mid next year. It will take the campus capacity to more than 5400 spaces.

Mrs Berejiklian said the state-of-the-art car parking facility was a much-needed addition to the site.

"We know with all sites and hospital redevelopments, a car park is a critical part," she said.

Mrs Skinner said Westmead Hospital would be a hospital of the future for the growing population of western Sydney.

The Westmead precinct has a full time workforce of more than 17,000 people, which is expected to increase to 25,000 by 2036.


Photo caption

Pictured (left - right): The Hon. Jillian Skinner MP (NSW Health Minister), The Hon. Mike Baird MP (NSW Premier), Dr Geoff Lee MP (Member for Parramatta), Mark Taylor MP (Member for Seven Hills) and The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP (NSW Treasurer).

Media highlights

Channel 7 news coverage below (or go to our YouTube to watch)

Channel 9 news coverage below (or go to our YouTube to watch)


More information

For photos and video from the day head to the Western Sydney Local Health District Facebook page

Stage 1 overview fact sheet (updated 3 June 2016)

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