From ABC

It’s like a scene of a sci-fi film.

Emerging from a lift, lying in a sealed coffin-like bed, some of Australia’s most infectious patients will be transported into a pressurised room.

The newly-opened facility is part of the nation’s first purpose-built biocontainment centre based at Westmead Hospital in Sydney’s west.

Highly trained doctors and nurses, wearing protective clothing that takes half-an-hour to put on — and more than 40 steps to safely remove — will provide care to those with diseases so dangerous, they’re likely to kill more than half of those that contract them.

“High consequence infectious diseases are relatively rare diseases, but when they occur, they can have a devastating impact on the healthcare system,” Dr Matthew O’Sullivan said, the infectious diseases physician and medical microbiologist who’s in charge of the ward.