Future looks bright at westmead Kids

The dust has settled, the hoardings are down and the last of the high-vis bibs have exited the building for the last time.

Major construction is now complete on the tallest health structure in Australia, the Central Acute Services Building (CASB).

But work doesn’t stop there for The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (CHW) planning and redevelopment teams.

Alongside the operational user groups, teams will begin to focus on operational readiness and commissioning to ensure all departments and services are prepared and ready to move in.

The Children’s Emergency Department (ED) will be located on Level 2 of the new hospital building. Other children’s health services within the CASB include the 32-bed Children’s Short Stay Unit (CSSU), four children’s operating theatres, medical imaging and pharmacy.

Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (SCHN) director of planning Tim Hoffmann said it was an exciting time for the network, Westmead Health Precinct and its communities.

“Our teams are busy focusing on operational readiness to ensure we’re providing our children and families the best services possible from day one of the building opening,” Tim said.

Operational user groups, along with whole-of-hospital consultation and key stakeholder engagement will take place over coming months to ensure safe and effective delivery of services for patients, families and staff.

SCHN Redevelopment Program director Michelle Lincoln said the milestone was a turning point for the hard work and rewards to come.

“Our brand new spaces will have such a great impact on our patients, families, visitors and our hard-working staff,” Michelle said.

“From the moment a child enters our building, to when they leave, our new spaces will make the world of difference in treating our children more efficiently.”

The CASB is a partnership between CHW, Westmead Hospital and the University of Sydney.

In March 2019, the NSW Government also announced $619 million for Stage 2 of the Westmead Redevelopment project, which will include a new paediatric services building and car parking for The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

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