Western Sydney is welcoming a brand-new hospital building to accommodate hundreds of beds for COVID-19 patients if the need arises.
The building, constructed earlier than previously planned, will have upwards of 300 patient rooms and two new emergency departments - one for children and one for adults. The hospital has been dubbed the Central Acute Services Building, which is a part of the Westmead Health Precinct.
Once it begins operating, the building will feature expanded imaging, pharmacy and logistics, digital operating theatres, more areas with natural light, a landscaped entry plaza, and research and education facilities on each floor.
The University of Sydney will occupy one and a half floors to enable a higher standard of integration of research, education and health services delivery.
The state Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the new hospital building is the centrepiece of the $1 billion-plus Westmead Redevelopment.
“Major construction has finished three months ahead of schedule, meaning this cutting-edge building will bring additional health services to Western Sydney at a critical time.” Berejiklian said.
“This redevelopment will help ensure our health system continues to provide high-quality healthcare, research and education facilities for decades to come, as well as ensuring the system can deal with potential surges in COVID-19 cases.”
The NSW Government have indicated they're actively looking head to a range of options in order to expand physical and resource capacities of health facilities and areas for self-isolation due to the pandemic.
Brad Hazzard, NSW Health Minister said that as soon as the the facility is up and running, there will be transformations in healthcare throughout Western Sydney, as well as a centre provided for ground-breaking health research to benefit every Australian.
“Our health experts will be working alongside top medical and scientific researchers in this new 14-storey hub, which embeds staff from The University of Sydney, and includes research, education and training facilities,” Hazzard said.
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