Staff in Westmead Hospital’s geriatrics unit have celebrated with cake at the official opening of their relocated unit.
The geriatrics unit recently relocated from D4c to D4a in order to make room for the upcoming refurbishment of the aged care space, which will include a new aged care and behavioural management unit. These works are being completed as part of the stage 2 Westmead Hospital refurbishment program.
Staff heard thanks from members of the Western Sydney Local Health District and geriatrics unit executive and Westmead Redevelopment project team, before posing for photos and tucking into mini cupcakes.
Westmead Hospital’s clinical director for the division of critical care and medicine Dr Peter Landau thanked the staff for their hard work during the relocation process.
“It’s not easy to move any unit within a hospital. The extensive planning and all-hands-on-deck approach meant minimal disruption to patients,” he said.
Westmead Hospital’s head of geriatric medicine Dr Ray Cabela said: “the next part of the refurbishment means we can continue to transform the care we offer through our unit.”
The refurbished geriatrics 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.
Read about refurbishments.