Hundreds pop into prototype rooms for a sticky beak

Three women in hi-vis vests and helmets smile to camera next to patient bed
Westmead Hospital emergency department team members Rebecca Reid, Renee Hardman and Brianna Doherty.

Nearly 250 people took advantage of the project’s inaugural “sticky beak week” last week, popping down to the new prototype room facility for a looksee.

Visitors included staff from across the district, along with consumers and members of the general public, with people travelling from as far as Blacktown and Nepean to check out the space.

Members of the Westmead Redevelopment team were on-hand to guide visitors through the facility and answer questions on everything from chairs to the location of powerpoints.

Westmead Redevelopment director of communications and engagement Emma Spillett said the feedback from visitors was overwhelmingly positive, with people giving a big tick of approval to the look and feel of the new spaces.

“It was a fantastic turn-out and so great to see so many people genuinely excited about the new hospital building,” she said.

“We had staff telling us they wanted to visit the facility to get a better understanding of the space before they work in the new environment, which is exactly what the rooms were intended for – getting people acquainted with the new spaces.

“All the visitors remarked on the knowledge shown by the various project team members who conducted the tours and their passion for the project, so it was a great experience for our team too.”

Common feedback included support for the carer zones, digital-first facilities in the operating theatres and the overall size and feel of the patient rooms and staff stations.

The project’s consumer reference group also toured the facility on Wednesday evening and thoroughly enjoyed the visit, taking every opportunity snap “selfies” in the various spaces and test out the rooms.

Check out the full album of photos from the week on the Westmead Redevelopment Facebook page.

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