Westmead BMU underlines positive project approach

Plans to open the much-anticipated Behavioural Management Unit (BMU) moved several steps closer in the past month with artwork installed, air-conditioners tested and project user group walk-throughs to provide specialised healthcare feedback.

A range of special features and amenities have been designed, including a sensory room, large patient and family lounge, and a bespoke outdoor courtyard created for the wellbeing of patients.

The specialised nine-bed unit will provide a safe clinical zone for the care of patients with severe behavioural disturbances and dementia.

Westmead Redevelopment director, commissioning, Sacha Mott said the unit’s staff involved in the project user groups had been integral in the design and refurbishment of these spaces.

“We continue to work closely with each unit to prepare for the new environments,” Sacha said.

“This unit is a testament to our team’s professional, caring approach to healthcare.”

Work in the BMU and aged care facility forms part of stage two in the refurbishment program to transform more than 30 per cent of Westmead Hospital's clinical areas by 2022.

Details of these two components:

- Aged Care Inpatient Unit: 10 beds (two one-bed and two four-bed rooms), all rooms with ensuite. Total area: approximately 240 square metres (sqm).

- Behavioural Management Unit (BMU): Nine beds (five one-bed and two two-bed rooms) all with ensuite, a sensory room, and lounge with beverage bay. Area: approximately 560 sqm; external courtyard: approximately 120 sqm.

Health Infrastructure project director Tim Shoolman said the refurbishment continued to illustrate the patience demonstrated by the entire Westmead precinct community.

“The Behavioural Management Unit builds on what we’ve already achieved in the Westmead Hospital refurbishment program, plus works such as the Westmead Education and Conference Centre and Kids Research projects.”

Tim said the BMU would soon be handed over to Westmead Hospital to begin operational commissioning before it opened the unit.

Planning and design for stage two of the refurbishment program also includes:

- Intensive Care Unit (ICU) expansion (D3) and administration (E3).

- Gastroenterology Comprehensive Care Centre expansion (A3c).

- Adolescents and Young Adults space.

- Loading dock upgrades.

- Transit Lounge expansion (G1).

- Refurbishment of the Western Sydney Local Health District clinical support and executive offices (E2) to implement activity-base working principles.

Pictured top: Seal of approval … Project user group walk-throughs of the BMU have provided invaluable feedback and overwhelming support.