New lifts get the tick from staff and patients
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Patient Ian Atkin and orderly Robbie Villahermosa, with members of the Westmead Hospital executive and lift refurbishment team.

Westmead Hospital lifts are undergoing a much-needed make-over, with the first new patient lifts opening last week. 

The new lifts are located in Block A/B in Westmead Hospital. They are faster and smoother, allowing staff, patients and visitors to travel quickly and safely between floors. 

Western Sydney Local Health District capital works project manager Erek Sudhakar said: “anyone who has been around this hospital for a long time knows these upgrades were much needed. 

“The lifts were over 40 years old so it was definitely time to fix them.” 

Westmead Hospital acting general manager Sue-Anne Redmond said: “congratulations to capital works, Central West Project Management and all people and teams involved.” 

“You don’t think about it, but the lifts really form the backbone of accessibility in this hospital, allowing patients to get to the services they need and families to get to their loved ones. 

“It is hard work to stop and upgrade such important infrastructure in the middle of an operating hospital, but the team’s thorough consultation and co-ordination has got us here, benefiting everyone that will use these new lifts.” 

The lifts were completed in time for two busy wards and a clinic to move into the new in-patient unit, IPU B6.  

The lift upgrades are part of the hospital’s refurbishment and investment program, and are expected to be completed by mid-2019.  

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From left to right: Robbie Villahermosa, orderly, Westmead Hospital; Iain Lynch, project manager, Central West Project Management; Kate Hackett, director of nursing and midwifery, Westmead Hospital; Ian Atkin, patient, Westmead Hospital; Michael Godden, project manager, Central West Project Management; Sue-Anne Redmond, acting general manager, Westmead and Auburn Hospitals; Mathivanan Sakthivel, director, corporate services, WSLHD; and Erek Sudhakar, project manager, WSLHD capital works.