Project team replicates prototype tours 

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The Children’s Hospital at Westmead staff Dorothea Hamilton and Jessica Dawes.

AS construction on the new hospital building forges ahead, planning for future workspaces continue for Westmead precinct staff with a second round of prototype room tours.

As part of the Westmead Redevelopment Project – the $1 billion infrastructure undertaking expanding health services at the hospital – a purpose-built shed housing actual work areas as they will look in the new hospital building is permanently located at the precinct.

These prototype rooms allow staff to get a feel for how their new work environments will operate when the Central Acute Services Building (CASB) is open for business.

Investment in the new hospital building – to be occupied by Westmead Hospital, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and The University of Sydney – features a new, expanded Emergency Department (ED), plus shared pharmacy, medical imaging and other services.

To coincide with Westmead Hospital’s 40th birthday celebrations, culminating in Health Minister Brad Hazzard’s visit and official functions last Saturday, the redevelopment team last week re-opened the prototype rooms.

The tours followed last month’s successful Sticky-Beak Week where more than 200 staff, the public and other interested parties were given the chance to view and comment on the spaces.

On the latest tours, staff from Children’s ED, the Physiotherapy Department and Clancy Ward – which cares for children with liver and kidney problems – dropped by to see the fully fitted-out spaces.

Also visiting were members of The Children's Hospital at Westmead’s oncology pharmacy team, who were impressed to see the new technologies planned for the CASB. 

“Automated dispensing cabinets will improve patient safety and reduce medication errors,” CHW pharmacist Jade Fox said. 

“Automated dispensing cabinets will also help pharmacy make sure that imprest medications are always available on the wards, as they will send alerts to pharmacy when stock is low.”

The CASB will have an integrated satellite pharmacy – a partnership between Westmead Hospital and Children’s Hospital Westmead Pharmacy departments – providing medication supply and clinical pharmacy services to patients within the CASB.