In-patient unit progress reviewed by consumers

Left: Consumers at recent workshop -- Right: Artist's impressions of single patient bedrooms

Westmead Redevelopment consumers have reviewed progress on the design of in-patient units for the new hospital building at a recent workshop.

At the first meeting for 2017, consumers reviewed presentations from the Westmead Redevelopment building architects, HDR Rice Daubney, before going on a tour of a simulation area.

The architects showed the current 3D images and floor plans of the standard adult in-patient unit rooms.

65 per cent of adult in-patient bedrooms in the new hospital building will be single patient rooms, which is appropriate for the expected mix and activity of patients. The remaining patient bedrooms are two-patient rooms.

Features of the patient rooms include windows that will offer heat protection and avoid glare, while maximising natural light and views across Westmead and beyond. Bathrooms have been designed to minimise leaning, maximise access to patients and to improve the patient and carer experience during routines like showering and toileting. The doors swing both ways - an important safety feature.

The furnishing and colour of patient rooms, are still to be decided. Current work is focussed on the placement and selection of furniture, fixtures and equipment e.g. medical equipment, power points, staff call buttons, basins and hand rails.

All single bedrooms can accommodate carers. Seven of the patient rooms on each in-patient unit will have dedicated carer zones - the design furnishings and colours of which, are to be decided. These zones will provider greater comfort for carers during longer-term visits.

All Westmead Redevelopment plans have been shaped by extensive consumer, partner, staff and project user group consultation as well as site visits to other hospitals, like Blacktown Hospital.

Want to get involved?

Contact us to find out more about what’s involved in being a Westmead Redevelopment consumer representative.

We are looking for people of all ages, cultural and language backgrounds, and from across western Sydney, not just Westmead.

Our consumer reference group meets every two months and other forums and workshops are set up as required to provide additional updates or to seek advice. You may wish to be involved in project user groups who meet outside of these meetings. Talk to us about your availability and interests.

We are also looking for community members to provide information and advice on a non-structured basis. This commitment may include:

  • responding to questions or online surveys via email,
  • a quick phone call,
  • attending events to support our project team,
  • or reviewing a document or plans.

Find out more by contacting us on 1800 990 296 or drop us an email to

Related information

Read more about community involvement in the project at our Community Participation page.

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