Mount Druitt Hospital’s paediatric services are regarded as one of the best in NSW for their high quality of care, easy access and family-centred approach.
Paediatrics was consolidated at Mount Druitt Hospital in 2004, but the growing population and high number of babies, children and young adults in the area has created a need for more services locally.
Paediatric services currently located at Mount Druitt will expand to Blacktown Hospital with a new paediatric emergency, in-patient unit and outpatients.
The change is part of Blacktown Hospital’s expansion into a major tertiary hospital for Western Sydney, which can provide more services to its rapidly growing population.
Families in the local Blacktown-Mount Druitt area will have the choice of going to their closest hospital for paediatric emergencies, and to stay within the area for clinics and admissions, and most paediatric surgery.
As services open in stages, children with chronic and complex conditions who previously had to travel to Westmead for care will be able to have most of their care locally.
High level and tertiary services (such as transplants, heart surgery and most cancer treatment) will be available at The Children’s Hospital, Westmead.
Parents and caregivers will, of course, still be able to choose to go to Westmead Hospital’s Emergency Department, or other specialty services. A new paediatric emergency department is currently under construction at Westmead as part of the extensive redevelopment, and will be completed in 2020.