Westmead Hospital begins billion dollar rebuild
15 Dec 2014
Minister Skinner at Westmead Hospital's redevelopment commencement
Health Minister Jillian Skinner gave the signal for an excavator to commence demolition of an old building at Westmead Hospital on Friday 12 December - the official start of one of the largest hospital redevelopments ever undertaken in NSW.
The building will make way for a state-of-the-art acute services building - one of many new facilities which will form part of the massive redevelopment project.
“This is an historic day for western Sydney,” Mrs Skinner said.
“Westmead Hospital is an iconic but ageing hospital which must be transformed to meet the needs of this rapidly-growing region.
“In June, I stood on this site with the Treasurer to announce Stage 1 of the redevelopment - a project worth in excess of $400 million. Today I am delighted to return to see the excavator get to work.”
Mrs Skinner said the redevelopment of the Westmead campus will cost well over $1 billion when complete.
Demolition begins for Westmead Hospital redevelopment
More than 1000 clinicians, other staff and community members have been consulted about the Westmead Hospital redevelopment.
The concept plan for the redevelopment will be finalised in mid-2015 and the project team will continue to consult with hospital and precinct stakeholders.
Stage 1 of the Westmead Hospital redevelopment will deliver:
- A new acute services building with emergency department;
- Up to 14 operating theatres;
- Additional intensive care beds and more inpatient beds;
- Extra ambulatory care services;
- State-of-the-art pathology services;
- Comprehensive care centres with co-located complex and critical care services including trauma and surgery;
- Additional car parking.