WSLHD welcomes St Joseph’s Hospital staff and services

Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) is proud to welcome St Joseph’s Hospital’s patients and staff following the transfer of services which occurred on 8 November, 2023.

It was announced earlier this year that St Joseph’s Hospital would no longer be operational. This transfer of services signposts a new era of healthcare for western Sydney patients and staff.

The team at Westmead Hospital has been amazing. Everyone’s been so supportive and lovely. If there’s anything we need there are people there to help us.

The impact of this transition has seen:

  • Auburn Hospital services expanded to include additional palliative and supportive care beds.
  • A rehabilitation service established with dedicated inpatient beds and a range of outpatient and ambulatory services including for Motor Neurone Disease (MND).
  • Additional Older Persons Mental Health (OPMH) services transferred to Westmead Hospital, as well as the Huntington’s Disease Neurobehavioural Unit.

“WSLHD staff are excited to embrace this new addition to our western Sydney network and community,” WSLHD Chief Executive, Graeme Loy said.

“I extend a warm welcome to all St Joseph’s Hospital patients and their families who are joining the district on their healthcare journey, and I look forward to seeing our new colleagues settling in at WSLHD.”

WSLHD teams are excited to welcome the St Joseph’s Hospital staff, patients and their families into their care.

Staff who transitioned from St Joseph’s Hospital, at both Westmead and Auburn hospitals, have been recognised in welcome events at both facilities.

Staff from the Older Persons Mental Health team, and Huntington’s Disease Neurobehavioural Unit attended a morning tea held by Westmead Hospital General Manager (GM), Jenelle Matic, and attended by Director of People and Culture, Nicole Grice.

The staff were praised for persevering through changes in systems and spaces, never letting patient care falter while they transitioned.

“It’s been really exciting, and I’m getting used to new systems,” Nurse Unit Manager (NUM) of Older Persons Mental Health Vicki Ward said.

“We came from a tiny little hospital to this massive hospital, so it’s very different for us but we’re getting there.”

The District is home to Westmead, Blacktown, Mount Druitt, Cumberland, Auburn and the soon to be constructed $700 million new Rouse Hill Hospital, as well as comprehensive community health services in western Sydney.