A new era of care on the way for Blacktown

Left to right: Medical student Shirali Garga and medical officers Dr Elise Neo, Dr Jialu (Cathy) Song, Dr Darith Liu, Dr Theresa Nguyen and Dr Andrew Lee.)

A major project to redesign how Blacktown Hospital delivers hospital care has been underway as part of the hospital’s expansion to create a major new health care facility for western Sydney.

Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospitals Expansion Project (BMDH Project) manager Robyn Campbell said Blacktown Hospital’s new acute services building means more than just new facilities.

“With the hospital set to grow into one of western Sydney’s major metropolitan hospital, staff are working hard to ensure the way we deliver care is just as contemporary as the facilities,” Robyn said.

Hundreds of staff members have been involved in reviewing, and if necessary re-writing, their models of care to reflect contemporary practice, local priorities and innovative ideas.

The model of care project has included a number of networking sessions and meetings to connect the dots between departments, and staff came together this month to “pitch” their model of care to their peers in a  major roadshow event.

Twenty presenters had six minutes each to pitch their new model of care – the culmination of months of work, consultation and planning with their colleagues and staff.

“We are moving from a local hospital which has always served its community well, to a major tertiary hospital for a growing local population and a rapidly expanding greater western Sydney,” Robyn said.

“Construction on the new acute services building will be completed next year and it’s critical that we have new models of care plans in place now so we can make the changes sooner rather than later.”

Robyn said the quality of the new models of care was testament to our growing confidence, and staff commitment to patient-centred care.

Congratulations to our presenters and teams who worked so hard to map the next stage of our expansion.

After the roadshow session, staff celebrated with a BBQ hosted by the BMDH Project team.

If you need more information about models of care or the expansion project, please contact us at WSLHD-BMDHProject@health.nsw.gov.au or check the website www.bmdhproject.health.nsw.gov.au