Planning the shopping list for new hospital building

Westmead Redevelopment's Ashley Fuller with a suction canister

Westmead’s new hospital building, which is opening in 2020, will require thousands of pieces of furniture, fixtures and equipment, including medical devices. Staff committees will be busy trialling equipment, ahead of final purchasing decisions, and a new testing area will help the team to continue this work.

Westmead Redevelopment’s director of furniture, fixtures and equipment Ashley Fuller reflected on the large planning, purchasing and relocation process underway.

“We are purchasing thousands of items for the new hospital building,” she said.

“If you think about any hospital, you need large items like patient beds, imaging equipment and operating theatre lights. But, you also need many small and everyday items that you wouldn’t think about, like dispensers and wall brackets to hold sharps bins.”

The procurement process for furniture, fixtures and equipment is currently underway and is informed by recommendations from staff committees, called selection committees. The committees include nurses, doctors, administrative and other staff from Western Sydney Local Health District, the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network and the University of Sydney.

Committees guide the Westmead Redevelopment project team on products to be purchased for the new hospital building and refurbished areas. Before each item is chosen, the selection committee members consider things like infection control, the expected lifetime of the product, maintenance requirements and replacement processes.

Ashley noted the committee members were carefully assessing existing furniture and equipment before making new purchasing decisions.

“The units that are moving into the central acute services building are looking closely at what they can reuse, repurpose or recycle,” she said.

The Westmead Redevelopment project is opening a new temporary testing area in Westmead Hospital. Committee members will use this space to review items like chairs, tables, beds, medical and monitoring equipment. The new testing area will also be a space for meetings and to seek final feedback from other groups and individuals across Westmead.

The new testing area is expected to open soon and we will announce a schedule for visits.

Photo cpation: Westmead Redevelopment's Ashley Fuller with an example of a suction canister – one of many items used in recently refurbished areas in Westmead Hospital

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