Westmead Hospital is now home to a newly refurbished inpatient unit for patients recovering from surgery, delivered by the Westmead Redevelopment project.
The 64-bed unit was revamped through the Westmead Redevelopment project’s refurbishment program, which is renovating more than 30 per cent of Westmead Hospital’s clinical spaces between 2017 and 2022.
The refurbished unit, located on level 6 of Westmead Hospital, will provide care for patients recovering from a range of surgical procedures including orthopaedics, vascular, ear, nose and throat (ENT), plastics, head and neck, colorectal and upper gastrointestinal procedures.
The area includes patient bedrooms and en-suites, medication rooms and clinical storage space. The unit also includes collaborative workspaces, and meeting rooms, which will be used in multidisciplinary education, training and research, as well as hand-over and department meetings.
Westmead Hospital is one of the busiest hospitals in the country and the new inpatient unit will host an average of 150 patients every week.
Westmead Hospital clinical director Dr Gary Morgan said the Westmead Redevelopment was an opportunity to re-design and transform an old ward into a modern, fresh and more usable unit.
Westmead Redevelopment executive director Leena Singh said: “the extensive planning process, which involved input from staff and consumers, has meant increased comfort in patient rooms and waiting areas. Patients can get the attention of staff more easily from their beds and the feedback has been very positive since we opened.
“Staff like the meeting, collaboration and multi-purpose zones. A favourite feature is the hip-height storage spaces, with benches scattered throughout the unit. These spaces allow staff to write up patient notes and have discussions with patients or colleagues.”
Patient Miguel Munos from Fairfield said: “the new ward is amazing, along with the whole hospital and the people. I cannot say thank you enough. They saved my life two times - the first for leukaemia and the second with [my latest] surgery.”
The work completes stage 1 of the hospital’s refurbishment program.
Planning for stage two of the refurbishment program, set to finish in 2020, is now underway.
It will include refurbishments to intensive care, aged care and gastroenterology.
For more information, visit www.westmeadproject.health.nsw.gov.au/projects/refurbishments.
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Photo: Westmead Hospital student assistant in nursing Zoe Chessell, nurse Denise Arevalo, nursing assistant Kylie Harland, clinical nurse specialist Malou Page and clinical nurse specialist Christopher Magro.
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A selection of photos from the new unit and during a celebration and thank you event with staff.