​Winner for Pat​ients as Partners

Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD)

Peter Rophail, Don Garner, Judith Lebabedie, Wendy Cain, David Glastonbury, Ronwin Marrit, Susan Amin, Andrew Paris, Jennifer Saunders, Jillian Skinner

During consultations for Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospitals Expansion Project carers told us they were exhausted from sleeping on chairs; they needed somewhere comfortable to sleep so they could support the patient in hospital, and leave hospital well-rested.

Architects re-designed single rooms to include a carer zone with a sofa-bed. A privacy curtain provides a discrete sleeping area, while still allowing safe clinical care to be provided to the patient. To support the program, we developed new consumerfriendly resources, changed visiting hours, and amended operational policies.

The initiative has now attracted hundreds of local and overseas health professionals, and is being incorporated into new hospital facilities for Stage 2 at Blacktown Hospital.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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Page Updated: Wednesday 26 October 2016