Westmead Hospital staff are undergoing orientation and training so they are prepared for the new inpatient unit (IPU B6) that opens next month.
On Friday, 2 March 2018, staff orientation tours kicked off. These tours allow staff to get a first-look at their new working environment and patient spaces. Tours are also an opportunity for staff to chat to their nursing unit managers and members of the Westmead Redevelopment project team so they are ready for a new physical environment and operational changes.
Staff visited amenities including collaborative workspaces, storage areas and a locker room. They were also impressed by the patient rooms, ensuites and facilities.
Christopher Magro, nursing unit manager for colorectal and vascular surgery, said: “it’s bright and it’s fresh.”
“Staff are excited about how many new workspaces there are going to be and how much room there actually is. Our medication room is twice the size of our current one. The new sterile storeroom is nice and open and can be accessed on both ends so, it’s really good.”
“I think [patients] are going to have a better and more enjoyable stay with the new entertainment systems, which gives them access at their fingertips. There are going to be phones in these systems, so we can put family straight through to patients.”
The Westmead Redevelopment project team is working closely with heads of departments, nursing unit managers and clinical nurse consultants to ensure the orientation program and commissioning process prepares staff and patients for the move.
Construction will be completed soon. The new unit is expected to open on Wednesday, 11 April 2018.
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