Westmead Hospital celebrates new C5C ward

The C5C refurbishment team: Chris Milne from Central West Project Management, Capital Works health facility planner Marleen Moraza and Westmead Hospital operations director (medicine & cancer services) Debbie Sharpe.

Westmead Hospital’s new-look cancer services ward is set to re-open to patients on August 30, after months of refurbishment.

Ward C5C, which caters for medical and radiation oncology patients and those requiring palliative care, has had an extensive face-lift, undergoing a $3.8 million renovation.

Western Sydney Local Health District’s Capital Works team undertook the revamp, re-modelling the 25-bed unit to make it more contemporary and create more single rooms.

The design team – including dwp architect Matt Kenchington and builders SHAPE – worked with C5C nursing unit manager Narelle Driver and her staff to design a space that was suited to both cancer and palliative care patients.

The team travelled to the Victorian Cancer Care Centre in Melbourne for design inspiration.

Staff celebrate the reopening of C5C.

Health facility planner Marleen Moraza said the Capital Works team were devoted to creating a space that catered to all C5C patients.

“We wanted to refurbish the space so it really met the needs of both short-stay medical oncology patients and extended care patients,” she said.

“C5C was one of the original hospital wards, built in 1975, so it was definitely in need of a revamp.

“The bedrooms are now single and two bedrooms only; a family quiet room has been installed, along with a new cancer care meeting room.

“A new communications room was also built to house all ITS infrastructure, including the new patient entertainment unit.”

The project was funded with a substantial contribution from the Radiation Oncology Network Trust fund, with the remainder contributed from an Oncology Trust fund.

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