The state-of-the-art Randwick Campus Redevelopment is celebrating a significant milestone with major construction of the $782.8 million Acute Services Building at Prince of Wales (POW) Hospital now complete.
The building is the first major upgrade to the POW Hospital in 25 years and is the centrepiece of the first-class health, research and education facilities within the Randwick Health and Innovation Precinct.
Due to open to patients early next year, the state-of-the-art facility will support new and innovative approaches to acute healthcare and provide staff with purpose-designed treatment spaces.
Patients in the Randwick area will have access to the very latest diagnostic tests and trials of new treatments.
The ASB will also enable health-related academic and translational research spaces to be co-located with clinical services, as part an investment by UNSW Sydney to provide an additional 5000 square metre extension across Hospital Road, currently under construction.
The 2022-23 NSW State Budget committed an extra $82.5 million to the project, bringing the total investment in the acute services building to $865.3 million.
The extra funding will enable fit out of more operating theatres and associated recovery spaces, an additional intensive care unit pod and inpatient areas, and is due for completion in 2024.
The new Prince of Wales Hospital Acute Services Building includes:
- A new and expanded adult Emergency Department
- A new and expanded Intensive Care Unit
- New digital operating theatres equipped with state-of-the-art technology
- A new and expanded Central Sterilizing Services Department
- A new helipad servicing the Randwick Hospitals Campus
- A new and expanded Psychiatric Emergency Care Centre
- A new Community Assessment Unit
- A new Community Management Centre.
The building will also provide expansive new inpatient wards to replace existing ones, including:
- Haematology and Oncology
- Aged Care (Acute and Rehabilitation)
- Respiratory and Infectious Diseases
- Clinical Neurosciences, incorporating an expanded Acute Stroke Unit, Neurology and Neurosurgical beds and the Complex Epilepsy Service.
The project has generated more than 2,000 jobs across construction and related industries, and has created a monthly average of more than 40 full time equivalent positions for women in construction, as well as more than 100 apprenticeship roles among a construction workforce of some 500 employees per month.