The multidisciplinary team who’ll be occupying one of the busiest parts of the new hospital building got an up-close look at their future work environment with a tour of prototype rooms at the Westmead Redevelopment site.
The emergency department (ED) project user group (PUG) visited the purpose-built area, which houses a number of rooms and work spaces, replicating how they will look like in the new hospital building, currently under construction in between The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (CHW) and Westmead Hospital.
Led by CHW’s ED medical director Dr Rebecca Nogajski, the five-strong group spent over an hour inspecting the rooms, which includes resuscitation and emergency acute bays, and other staff areas.
The CHW ED will be moved from its current location on Level 2 of the hospital into the new hospital building in mid-2020 as part of the Westmead Redevelopment project.
The purpose of the PUG visits is to show teams how their work areas will look in the new building, and members have the opportunity to provide feedback in consultation with CHW change and transition leads Natalie Tasker and Michelle Lincoln.
Natalie said the PUG tours were an ideal chance for these specific user groups to “really get a feel for these new spaces” and how they will function once the new building is completed. “The ED is a very dynamic, high-traffic area of any hospital and the purpose of these prototype room tours is to allow staff to get into these spaces, take ownership of them and work collaboratively towards ensuring they are the most functional work areas they can be.
“We look forward to continuing to work with our staff as the new hospital building continues to take shape.”
Community members, patients, students and staff are invited to visit the prototype rooms during Sticky Beak Week.
Read about the tour by Westmead Hospital's emergency department team.
Find out more about the new hospital building, expected to be complete in 2020.