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A hospital at the Westmead Health Precinct’s new Central Acute Services Building in Western Sydney, Australia has been completed nearly three month early to help cater to potential rise in Covid-19 cases.
The facility, which is part of the A$1bn ($641m) Westmead Redevelopment, includes two new emergency departments and more than 300 rooms for patients.
In addition, the hospital has digital operating theatres and more space for imaging, pharmacy and logistics.
Over the coming months, the building will see equipment installation and additional preparations for the opening and staged move of services and staff.
New South Wales (NSW) Premier Gladys Berejiklian said: “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.
“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 early completion of the hospital’s construction is expected to offer hundreds of beds for Covid-19 patients, based on the requirement.
Apart from health services, the hospital is designed to house health research teams.
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said: “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.”
While research facilities are available on every floor, specifically 1.5 floors have been allocated for the University of Sydney for education, research and health services delivery.
The Central Acute Services Building is an alliance between Westmead Hospital, the University of Sydney, the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Health Infrastructure.
The NSW Government will also provide A$619m ($396.9m) to support the Children’s Hospital at Westmead Stage 2.