Adults living with cystic fibrosis can now access state-of-the-art care in Australia’s first dedicated Cystic Fibrosis Specialist Service ward at Westmead Hospital, in western Sydney.
The new $65 million facility in the Westmead Health Precinct, has been funded by the Commonwealth Government, and will provide highly specialised care and treatment for adults living with the condition, which impacts approximately 3,600 Australians.
The purpose-built unit was developed through valuable insights from the family of the late Dr Malay Rana, senior pathology registrar and a person who died following complications from cystic fibrosis (CF).
Dr Rana was a strong advocate for people living with CF, dedicated to raising community awareness and campaigning for improved cystic fibrosis specialty services.
The new unit provides 16-inpatient beds, including ensuite facilities and isolation rooms, along with co-located raspatory medicine inpatient beds.
Building in a live hospital environment, the project team transformed level 5 of Westmead Hospital to house the Unit, relocating, fitting and refurbishing all other specialties to other levels with minimal disruption to neighbouring wards.
This project was delivered by Health Infrastructure in partnership with Western Sydney Local Health District.
The Westmead Health Precinct is one of the largest health, education, research and innovation precincts in Australia.
More than $3 billion has been committed by government and precinct partners to upgrade and expand the Precinct’s health services, education, research and innovation facilities over the coming years.