The Children's Hospital at Westmead
, officially the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children
, is a children's hospital
It is located on Hawkesbury Road in Westmead and is affiliated with the University of Sydney.
Name and relocation
It was first opened in 1880 by a group of concerned citizens worried about the health of the younger members of society in New South Wales, named the Sydney Hospital for Sick Children, located at Glebe Point
. It soon out-grew the small building in which it was housed and had to move in 1906 to Camperdown
, where it stayed for 89 years but was then relocated to its current location of Westmead
in 1995 to better service the growing populations of western Sydney. This relocation is reflected in the corporate name – initially "The New Children's Hospital" and currently "The Children's Hospital at Westmead". The official name of the hospital remains the "Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children".
Some notable individuals connected to the history of the Children's Hospital are:
The New South Wales Centre for the Advancement of Adolescent Health (NSW CAAH) is located at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. The Centre seeks to improve the health and well-being of young people aged 12 – 24 in NSW, Australia.
- Francis Chan (born 1991): the youngest liver transplant patient in Australia at three months old. He underwent two transplants three days apart as the first transplant failed until the last-minute call came in time for another transplant to save his life. He currently attends St Andrew's Cathedral School.
- Sophie Delezio (born 2001):