First vascular patient gives Westmead’s new unit thumbs up

Seal of approval- Kelly Kindrat settles into her new room as the first Westmead Hospital patient transported into the K9 Vascular Unit of the Central Acute Services Building.

As patient Kelly Kindrat is wheeled from Westmead Hospital to the new adjacent Central Acute Services Building (CASB), excitement and anticipation grows.

There’s even a thumbs up as she arrives in the 14-level centrepiece of western Sydney health opened by Premier Gladys Berejiklian the week prior.

“Wow, take a look at this place – it’s like a hotel!” the Quakers Hill resident says.

“It’s even connected (to Westmead Hospital).”

Four days after being admitted for complications from a severe burn more than two years ago, the 38-year-old became the first patient admitted to the K9a Vascular Unit.

Heading out- Porter Joselito Hayag wheels Kelly from her former room in B6c.

“I feel privileged. It’s cool in here,” Kelly says as she’s taken into her new room on Level 9 of the CASB by porter Joselito Hayag.

“There’s a lot more space. My kids are two and five. They’ll have plenty of room when they come to visit.

“I might not be able to take them to the Easter Show, but they’re going to love this place.”

And much like the Easter Show, the relocation of Westmead Hospital’s vascular and colorectal/upper gastrointestinal units has been ever-reliant on collaboration, teamwork and persistence.  

B6c nursing unit manager Carlo Farol said the planning between his staff and the Westmead Redevelopment team had been one of the crucial factors in the lead-up to moving day.

“Continually touching base with Nathan Ferguson, who leads the service readiness meetings has certainly helped us prepare for this day,” Carlo said.

“It’s helped us anticipate what to expect. Together with our supportive staff and senior managers, it’s making it all manageable. We couldn’t have done it without those people.”

Carlo said staff had been simply outstanding over the past 18 months.

“I want to give big props (respect) to the staff who work here,” he said.

“They’ve seen a lot. We were previously made the Covid ward before returning to surgical services, and now we’re moving to the new building. They’ve been so resilient and adaptable.”

Welcome to the future- The new K9a Vascular Unit sits alongside K9b for colorectal/upper gastrointestinal patients.

He said the entire team now looked forward to the relocation into two wings on Level 9 of the CASB – K9a vascular and K9b colorectal/upper gastrointestinal.

“I like that we’re neighbours and both on the same ward. It’s a great building. Let’s just hope the patients want to leave.”

The move follows a succession of services relocated to the CASB over the past six months, beginning with the Emergency Department in mid-February.

Other services to relocate include:

  • The Transit Lounge
  • Central Sterilising Services Department
  • Perioperative
  • Day Surgery
  • Trauma Unit
  • Cardiology
  • Children’s Emergency Department
  • Satellite services of Medical Imaging and Pharmacy
Teamwork in action- B6c nursing unit manager Carlo Farol (right) touches base with Nathan Ferguson from the Westmead Redevelopment project team during the relocation.

The centrepiece of the $1 billion-plus Westmead Redevelopment, the CASB will provide western Sydney with high-quality healthcare, research and educational facilities for decades to come.

The new hospital will feature two new emergency departments – one for adults, one for children – more than 300 patient rooms, 25 digital operating theatres and a suite of other features.