HAVE YOUR SAY: Participate in the design of new Palliative Care Unit at Westmead Hospital

The community is invited to contribute to the design of the new Supportive and Palliative Care unit at Westmead Hospital, which will provide specialised care and support to patients, carers and families with life-limiting illnesses in Western Sydney. Have your say here

NSW Government has committed $93 million to redevelop and refurbish palliative care units throughout the state under the World Class End of Life Care commitment, which includes a new unit at Westmead Hospital.

NSW Minister for Health Ryan Park said community input into the design of the new purpose-built unit was important to ensure it meets the needs of patients and their carers and families.

“The new Palliative Care Unit at Westmead Hospital will deliver high quality care to people with life-limiting illnesses, providing peace of mind for patients, their carers and families across Western Sydney when they need it most,” Mr Park said.

“To provide the highest quality clinical and emotional support, the new Supportive and Palliative Care Unit at Westmead Hospital needs valuable input from staff, carers, and families.”

The NSW Member for Parramatta, Ms Donna Davis MP, said the new unit would provide a comprehensive range of hospital and community services to cater to the needs of patients and their families.

“The purpose-built Palliative Care Unit will complement Westmead Hospital’s existing palliative and supportive care services by providing a higher level of care in a comfortable and welcoming environment when care at home is not possible due to acute clinical or social needs,” Ms Davis said.

Following the announcement last year, a lead design team has been appointed and early planning and design is underway to progress the master plan.

Western Sydney Local Health District Chief Executive, Graeme Loy said this stage of the project was the perfect time for community involvement.

“We have been given a unique opportunity to design a world-class palliative care unit at Westmead Hospital and it is vital that we have local community input for such an essential service,” Mr Loy said.

Parramatta and surrounding communities who wish to contribute to the design are invited to register their interest by completing this online form.

Engagement with healthcare professionals and community members will continue throughout the year to provide valuable input for the design of the new Supportive and Palliative Care Unit at Westmead Hospital. The $93 million allocated for new and redevelopment of palliative care facilities is part of the 2022-23 budget providing funding over five years (2022-23 to 2026-27) for NSW Health to deliver end of life and palliative care service enhancements across the state.