Staff share tips during storeroom clean-ups

Storeroom reviews are underway across Westmead Hospital.

Storerooms across Westmead are being reorganised using a philosophy called 6S.

Staff from Western Sydney Local Health District and the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network are transforming equipment and storage areas.

Western Sydney Local Health District’s director of innovation and redesign Emma Clarke said it is important for staff to clean up work areas properly.

“The Lean 6S methodology is a process we’re using in storerooms at both hospitals – we’re already using it in our current storerooms and we’ll use the same process in the new hospital building,” she said.

The 6S stands for sort, straighten, shine, standardise, sustain and safety.

Staff participating in the program undertake training and receive ongoing support and includes a visit to medical consumable supplier Baxter.

The latest participants in the process are the perioperative units at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Westmead Hospital and the geriatrics and medical imaging units at Westmead Hospital.

The teams have been sharing tips and lessons learned during the process, including visits to each other’s work areas.

Westmead Hospital nurse manager Elizabeth Stafidis suggested future participants need a positive attitude and plenty of energy.

“Be decisive, be fearless and throw stuff out,” she said.

Westmead Hospital geriatric clinical support officer Win Myat said he was particularly interested in Baxter’s stock ordering processes.

“I found the training really useful, especially because we’re moving and I learned a lot about my products during the process,” he said.

Shelves and trolleys are being relocated or adjusted, while equipment is being re-organised or moved to other areas.

The storeroom clean-ups are part of a large transition program at Westmead and staff are finding ways to reduce waste and finding cost savings in operational budgets.

If you want to know more about the 6S process, including how you can get involved in the next phase, contact us.