Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) Government has announced the opening of the purpose-built Cystic Fibrosis Specialist Service ward at Westmead Hospital in western Sydney for adults with cystic fibrosis.

The A$65m ($42.73m) Australia’s first dedicated ward will provide specialised care and treatment for adults living with this genetic disorder that affects the lungs and digestive systems.

It is funded by the Commonwealth Government and includes a 16-bed inpatient unit with isolation rooms and an outpatient unit with ten consultation rooms, day-stay patient rooms, and research areas for diagnostic services and clinical trials.

Federal Minister for Health Mark Butler said: “There is no cure for cystic fibrosis but treatment has come a long way, and with an improvement in treatment comes an increase in the life expectancy of people living with the condition.

“On average, a person with cystic fibrosis needs to be admitted to a hospital once a year which requires a high level of multidisciplinary care from doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and dietitians.

“This service will make a big difference to patients and their families.”

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The facility in the Westmead Health Precinct claims to contribute to the area’s healthcare, education, research, and innovation.

Meanwhile, the Australian Government has fulfilled its commitment to Western Sydney residents by opening the Medicare Urgent Care Clinic at the Wentworthville Medical and Dental Centre.

The pilot Urgent Care Service, previously operating at the centre, has transitioned into a UCC, offering extended hours and seven-day-a-week access without appointments.