Gastro staff excited to complete Schematic Design
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Posted 26 Sep 2016
Artist’s impression of the new Gastro reception and staff station


Patient experiences and care will be transformed as a result of a renovation of a ward at Westmead Hospital for the Gastroenterology Department. The Project User Group (PUG) has recently celebrated the completion of Schematic Design.

This renovation, of ward A3, is part of an extensive refurbishment program across Westmead Hospital as part of the Westmead Redevelopment.

The Gastroenterology refurbishment includes:

  • Single and two-patient rooms—improving patient comfort, privacy, safety and infection control
  • A single entry and reception for both inpatients and outpatients that feels more open and improves the experience for patients, visitors and staff
  • Rooms for larger patients that require more space to move around, for example, during showering
  • Safe observation rooms for Drug Health patients —to keep the patients and staff safe
  • Improved access to operating suites and procedures such as endoscopy—important for patients who are rapidly deteriorating and require intensive care
  • New staff station and clinical meeting spaces—for private conversations; team meeting; and teleconferences with patients, carers and specialists
  • Spaces for education, training and research
  • Relocation of the inpatient and discharge / procedure clinic into a single purpose-built space—to host targeted patient clinics, local treatment and improving the continuity of care.

Lucia Labib, Gastroenterology Nursing Unit Manager, said, “The relocation of the inpatient, discharge and procedure spaces into a single zone will be great. For our patients, this means improved experiences as they progress through their treatment and they will see the same doctors and nurses during admission, care and discharge—which builds relationships.”

New multi-function spaces will complement existing services, like the current chronic liver failure clinic. Doctors and nurses will be able to sit with patients in a new private space when discussing a new diagnosis, concerns , and to answer complex questions. Adjoining spaces may be occupied by visiting specialists, like dieticians and psychologists, so patients can have other conversations rather than waiting for a referral to another service or location outside the hospital.

Gastroenterologist, Associate Professor Golo Ahlenstiel, said, “Westmead’s Gastroenterology Unit has been pioneering new models of care for inpatients and outpatients. The new ward will accommodate this model so we can continue the great work which we are well known for.”

He continued, “Staff and community feedback into the planning process is pushing us to new heights — in terms of what we offer right now and in the ‘new look’ Gastro Department. The patient experience is at the heart of this refurbishment. We’re excited!”

The timeline for the refurbishment program is currently being finalised.

Photo caption: Staff at Westmead Hospital’s gastroenterology department are excited about a refurbishment to both inpatient and outpatient spaces. Celebrating are nurses, administrative staff, A/Prof Golo Ahlenstiel (top right) and Lucia Labib, Nursing Unit Manager (bottom right).

Related information

Read more about the refurbishment program at Westmed Hosptial