ED for Children to double in size
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Posted 08 Nov 2016



The Children’s Hospital at Westmead
Project User Group (PUG) Champions recently presented what months of hard work has delivered in planning for the proposed spaces in the new central acute services building.

“The new Children’s Emergency Department will be twice the size of the current department. The Emergency Medical Unit (EMU) is expected to go from our current eight beds to 18, with beds opening progressively over time. This gives us the surge capacity we need” said Leonnie Dawson, Emergency Nurse Manager and PUG Champion.

“Over the years we have been able to add to our department, but this new space will provide an opportunity for us to develop a new Emergency Department that genuinely transforms the way we provide care, and that can adapt over time.”

Dr Joanne Ging, PUG Champion for the Short Stay Unit had a similar tale to tell.

“On any given day we have 26-30 patients in the Hospital who are staying less than two nights. Most of those come through the Emergency Department. These patients are spread across the Hospital as well as there being eight beds in the Medical Assessment Unit on Hunter Baillie Ward.

“The new Short Stay Unit will have capacity to grow to 32 beds, and this will allow us to completely change how we deliver care to our patients who require a short stay - 28 of the overnight rooms will be single rooms.”

PUG Champions Peter Barclay from Pharmacy and Sasko Kadiev from Medical Imaging both spoke about how the centrally satellite facilities located in close proximity to the Emergency Department would mean less travel time for the patient, and contribute to a new model of care across the board. Medical Imaging services will be right next to Emergency and this will assist in diagnosis and treatment in a timely manner. They have also been designed so that paediatric patients are not mixed in with adult patients so as to maintain service without exposing children to the adult environment.

The new high-end Operating/Interventional Suite in the central acute services building will provide access for children to intraoperative MRI, CT and future advances in robotics as well and electrophysiological studies in the interventional laboratories.

PUG Champion for the Operating/Interventional Suite Colleen Hamilton said: “We will have access to high end medical technology in the new building that would not otherwise have been available to children. To ensure children have privacy on this shared floor we will have separate lift access and a dedicated pre and post operative recovery area.”

Staff are encouraged to contact any of the PUG Champions should they have a comment or query.

The plans are available for The Children’s Hospital at Westmead staff to view on the Westmead precinct page under ‘Quick Links’ on the SCHN intranet homepage. WSLHD staff can go to the Westmead Redevelopment page on the intranet for all information related to the project.

“Over the years we have been able to add to our department, but this new space will provide an opportunity for us to develop a new Emergency Department that genuinely transforms the way we provide care, and that can adapt over time.”Leonnie Dawson, Emergency Nurse Manager and PUG Champion