Westmead’s $65m cystic fibrosis facility opens

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The Commonwealth-funded ward includes 16 beds and a dedicated research area.

A $65 million purpose-built cystic fibrosis ward for adults has opened at Westmead Hospital. 

The 16-bed inpatient unit has four airborne infection isolation rooms and a specialised outpatient unit, featuring 10 consultation rooms, four single rooms for day-stay patients, a procedural room and a dedicated research area for clinical trials and diagnostic services. 

Western Sydney LHD CEO Graeme Loy said the cystic fibrosis specialist service was “an exciting opportunity”. 

“People with cystic fibrosis are now living longer than ever before thanks to massive improvements in treatment and care,” Mr Loy said. 

“This new facility offers an exciting opportunity to carry out new research and clinical trials and offer patients world-leading treatments for this disease.” A commemorative plaque in honour of 27-year-old Sydney doctor, Malay Rana, who died in 2015 following complications from cystic fibrosis, was also unveiled at the facility. 

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