Moving day next step for aged care upgrade
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Nursing unit manager Juli Thwaite in action during the move.

Westmead Hospital’s geriatrics unit moved to a new home in D4a on May 30. The move makes room for a refurbishment of the aged care space, which includes a new behavioural management unit. The work is part of stage 2 of the Westmead Hospital refurbishment program.

The corridor on level four was abuzz on May 30 as staff from the geriatrics unit, movers Allied Pickfords, orderlies and the Westmead Redevelopment project team relocated patients, equipment and supplies.

Westmead Redevelopment project co-ordinator Sacha Mott said: “we’d like to thank everyone involved in the move. It was huge couple of days and the extensive collaboration and planning has paid off.”

Westmead Hospital geriatrics unit nursing unit manager Juli Thwaite said: “we couldn’t have done it without everyone pitching in. We’re looking forward to settling into our new home in D4a and the new spaces and services to come.”

The space vacated by the geriatrics unit in D4c will be refurbished and expanded. It will include a new specialised aged care behavioural management unit (BMU).

The unit will provide a safe space for patients with behavioural disturbances, delirium and dementia. It will include a sensory room, large patient and family lounge, and an outdoor courtyard for patients.

Detailed design is underway for the expanded unit and BMU. Construction will start soon and is expected to be completed in 2019.

The refurbishment program is transforming more than 30 per cent of Westmead Hospital's clinical areas between 2017 and 2022. Stage 1 of the program has been completed and planning is underway for stage 2, with construction to start soon.

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