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:
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).
Read more about the refurbishment program at Westmed Hosptial