The NSW Government’s vision for a healthcare precinct in Sydney’s east has edged closer to life with the first look at the upcoming, state-of-the art uber-campus combining the University of NSW and Randwick hospitals.
The expansion of Prince of Wales Hospital, relocation of its emergency entrance, and a new acute services building to adjoin the University of New South Wales will create a concentration of clinical, scientific and academic minds, according to Health Minister Brad Hazzard.
“Expanding the campus to the west is the best way to integrate health, research and education partners and deliver new hospital infrastructure as well as the capacity for further future expansion of clinical services so that Randwick can continue to grow as a centre for medical and academic excellence,” Hazzard said on the release of the initial artist’s impression.
This year’s Budget included a $720 million funding investment in the Randwick Campus Redevelopment to include the new acute services building, an emergency department and operating theatres, as well as rehabilitation and ambulatory care facilities. Commissioning of the new building is planned for early 2023.
University of NSW vice-chancellor Professor Ian Jacobs said combining health, research, education and teaching in a new precinct would drive innovation and lead to a boost in global standing.
“That in turn will attract outstanding clinicians and academics, drive better healthcare and research and yield economic benefits for the community.”
The expansion will also help the NSW meet future population needs. By 2037, Prince of Wales Hospital will need up to 50 per cent more land than the current campus provides to meet demand, while about 60 per cent of the buildings on the current hospital campus are over 30 years old.
The redevelopment is being led by Health Infrastructure in collaboration with the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District and Randwick Campus partners including the Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, Royal Hospital for Women, Eastern Suburbs Mental Health Services and UNSW.