Premier lauds Westmead's health centrepiece

Westmead’s new Central Acute Services Building stood as a landmark triumph in the face of testing times, according to NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian.

As she officially opened the building this week, the Premier said the stunning centrepiece of the more than $1 billion Westmead Redevelopment was a triumph for the state.

“This is a fantastic symbol of what the government’s been able to achieve, even during challenging times,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“To invest in a clinical services building, a whole complex, and a $1 billion precinct – which will not just be a health centre of excellence but also an education centre of excellence – is an outstanding achievement.

“This new state-of-the-art health facility will serve western Sydney’s health needs for generations to come, with world-class treatment, research and education capacity embedded on every floor.”

Staff and services began relocating into the new hospital building in February with both the adult and children’s emergency departments now open to the public.

Key features of the new Central Acute Services 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.

Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) chief executive Graeme Loy told guests it was a proud day for western Sydney.

“I’ve had the privilege of seeing this incredible building rise up in the midst of a pandemic, and then watch staff move seamlessly into their new home while never missing a beat with patient care,” Mr Loy said.

“This is an exciting step in the evolution of Westmead Health Precinct and everyone involved should feel immensely proud of the role they have played in facing the challenges of COVID-19 whilst meeting the needs of our community.”

NSW Minister for Health and Medical Research, Brad Hazzard said the collaboration between Westmead Hospital, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and the University of Sydney meant patients would receive cutting-edge treatment and care.

“Westmead is a shining example of how to attract leading health staff and researchers to provide the very best healthcare for western Sydney residents,” Mr Hazzard said.

“This truly is 21st Century health where researchers can be at their bench and before you know it, the decisions will be at the bedside.

“This is a $1 billion centre that will lead us on for decades in western Sydney.”

Westmead Health Precinct is one of the largest health, education, research and training precincts in Australia, employing more than 18,000 people across the biomedical, health and life sciences fields.

Pictured: (top) NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian discusses the Westmead Health Precinct redevelopment at today’s press conference; (centre) NSW Health Secretary Elizabeth Koff and WSLHD chief executive Graeme Loy unveil the plaque to officially signify the opening of the new Westmead Hospital Central Acute Services Building.