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    Plans revealed for Prince of Wales Hospital’s $720 million upgrade

    A new Acute Services Building will be built as part of the $720 million redevelopment project planned for the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney. The artist’s impressions of the new emergency complex on the Randwick campus were recently unveiled by NSW Health minister Brad Hazzard and member for Coogee Bruce Notley-Smith on the occasion of the hospital’s 160th anniversary.

    The planned Acute Services Building will comprise of a new adult Emergency Department, an expanded Psychiatric Emergency Care Centre (PECC), an expanded Intensive Care Unit, ten inpatient units (IPUs), new operating theatres, an expanded Central Sterilising Service Department, a Medical Assessment Unit, a new helipad, and education and research spaces.

    Representing the first major upgrade to the hospital in 25 years, the redevelopment was allocated a $720 million funding package in the 2017-2018 health budget.

    The massive redevelopment project aims to transform health services for the Randwick community, and ensure access to world-leading, innovative healthcare in greater Sydney.

    As per data from the Bureau of Health Information, the hospital had 47,690 patient admissions and 59,554 emergency department presentations in 2017.

    The redevelopment project will require additional land acquisition to accommodate the planned expansion.

    According to Julian Ashton, principal of BVN who is leading the design team, this large acute services building has been designed by applying the latest research into hospital facilities and its contribution to patient experience and recovery times. 

    "Central to this research is the access to daylight and views and the Randwick campus design maximises access to daylight by siting two narrow buildings around a landscaped courtyard, that contains the main entry to the hospital."

    "And included in the courtyard is a lightwell that goes down to the emergency rooms bringing daylight underground," he says.

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