Next round of storeroom clean-ups prove a hit with staff

The latest phase of the popular 6S Lean Storeroom initiative kicked off at Westmead Hospital and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead last week.

The initiative, which aims to reorganise storage areas using a philosophy called 6S, was held at Westmead Hospital’s general services and pathology divisions and the Hunter Ballie Ward, stores and cleaning and maintenance at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Staff were informed of the 6S strategy – sort, straighten, shine, standardise, sustain and safety – and encouraged to use the methodology as they cleaned up their storage and work areas.

The teams visited medical consumable supplier Baxter before undertaking training and giving their storage areas a much-needed clean-up.

Western Sydney Local Health District innovation and redesign co-ordinator Hayley Manyu said eight store-rooms were transformed – and revealed some interesting finds along the clean-up journey.

“Westmead Hospital's cleaning staff found a floor cleaning machine that was donated when the hospital first opened!” she said.

“It was a really successful few days and we had a lot of staff telling us that it was great to have time to identify equipment they weren’t using anymore and re-purpose it.”

Westmead Hospital general services training officer Marie Henry said: “when we started, I didn’t think it was possible to change anything, but with the support from the 6S team, we were able to look at it differently; now everything has a place and we can find everything we need – it’s amazing.”

The storeroom clean-ups are part of a large transition program at Westmead. Staff are finding ways to reduce waste and find cost savings in operational budgets.

The 6S program has been nominated for a 2018 WSLHD Quality Award – vote here!

Staff: if you want to know more about the 6S process, including how you can get involved in the next phase, contact us.

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