"It's a remarkable thing to start a career after the incredible study, effort and sacrifice the students have put in." - WSLHD board chair Richard Alcock
A fresh batch of medical interns start work in WSLHD hospitals. The new doctors grab their stethiscopes and get straight to work in our wards, including these new Blacktown Hospital doctors.
"I always wanted to be in a field where I could make someone's life a bit better." - Auburn Hospital medical intern Dr Sohaib Virk
Dr Sohab Virk was born at Auburn Hospital. Fast forward 25 years and he's starting his medical career at the same hospital. His father works in Auburn as a GP too.
"When I was working as a GP, I was looking after a patient who was dying. I spent time with him and tried to make him comfortable. I didn't think I'd done a good job. When I got a thank you letter from his family afterwards, it made me realise I could do a lot more to make a difference." - Western Sydney Local Health District supportive & palliative care director Dr Philip Lee
Dr Philip Lee is named Parramatta's Citizen of the Year, as part of the council's 2017 Australia Day Awards.
"My dad was a boxer and he taught me to box - our family was always pretty active so now I try to do something active every day." - Vinnies Parramatta volunteer & Get Healthy Service user Kay Murrell
New year, new you: we put the call-out for our Get Healthy Service, encouraging people to start the new year on the right track. Western Sydney residents can sign up for the service - a free telephone health coach - while shopping at their favourite Vinnies store.
"We want to know what matters to people so we can improve our services. We are committed to learning from our patients, carers and their families." - WSLHD patient and carer experience manager Kay de Ridder
Feedback from patients, carers and their families staying in some of western Sydney's busiest hospitals is now being addressed in real-time, thanks to a new Australian-first digital service. The launch of the My Experience Matters survey is a chance to really hear our patients.
"Don't speed, don't drink and drive, wear a seat belt. Stay safe and stay out of our hospitals." - Westmead Hospital emergency department physician Dr Rob Edwards
Drivers are urged to stay safe over the Australia Day long weekend. In 2016, we lost 384 lives on NSW roads.
"When I was at uni, everyone said: ‘oh, I could never work on a cancer ward, that would be too sad’. So I thought: ‘well, who the hell is going to work on the cancer ward?’ And I put my hand up. Now, I can’t imagine doing anything else." - nurse Matt Ellis
Westmead Hospital oncology nurse Matt Ellis talks about the realities of treating cancer patients: "it can be tough, I've seen a lot of death."
"Working with Marija has shown us there are avenues of such potential where people with a disability can assist and do great work for our hospital." - Westmead Hospital postal services manager Jude Frazer
Postal Services manager Jude Frazer talks about the value of having JobSupport disability employment service worker Marija Banovic helping in their mailroom. Marija has become a familiar and welcome face across the hospital as she delivers mail.
"The idea of encouraging people to swap Valentine's Day gifts for a donation to bigHEARTED month is great" - Wanderers player Brendon Santalab
The Westmead Medical Research Foundation launched its second annual bigHEARTED campaign - with some star power, courtesy of the Wanderers team.
"This piece of equipment will be well-used by nurses in our special care nursery, who are devoted to caring for the hospital's littlest patients" - Blacktown Hospital special care nursery manager Therese Freeman.
The Humpty Dumpty Foundation and IGA made a $27,00 donation to Blacktown Hospital, funding a new patient monitor.
"These staff are at the forefront of patient care, providing assistance throughout the patient's journey; we could not function without them" - WSLHD director of nursing and midwifery Joanne Edwards.
Nearly 115 nursing and midwifery graduates join the ranks of the district's hospitals. They prepare to work in a range of clinical settings including mental health, aged care and community.
"The message we want to promote is good health is in good hands" - Chifley College principal Janet Harding
Aboriginal students from Mount Druitt’s Chifley College, in collaboration with Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) and Triple A (Adolescent Asthma Action) program, unveiled an Aboriginal mural, Smoking is not our Culture, at Mount Druitt Hospital, as part of the schools’ Walking into Good Health project.
"Each day, we are unsure of what we’re going to receive or expect. It’s rewarding when, as a team, you work long and hard on treating a trauma patient and they recover, but it’s difficult when they don’t survive and I speak to the family and relatives" - Ken Harrison, Westmead Hospital trauma specialist
Dr Ken Harrison celebrates a 25-year career as a trauma specialist.
"Valentine's Day is about spreading the love" - Westmead Hospital nurses Mark and Molly
Roses are red, violets are blue - and this real-life Westmead Hospital couple are too cute for you! Nurses Mark and Molly met - and fell in love - while working in the emergency department. Awwww.
"We are fast approaching Estelle’s first birthday and she is so full of life. We could not think of a better way to mark the occasion than to give back to a place that we will forever hold in our hearts" - Rachel Taufer, former Westmead Hospital NICU patient
Westmead Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is now the proud owner of three reclining Kangaroo chairs, thanks to a generous donation by the Taufer family and the Miracle Babies Foundation.
We celebrate International Women's Day.
"The cuffs are knitted or crocheted from coloured and textured wool and have various embellishments stitched onto them to give the patient something to 'fiddle' with when applied" - Maureen Buckley, acting dementia and clinical nurse consultant, Blacktown Hospital.
Patricia Moss and her crafty group of ladies from Blacktown's Tapestry Studio donate 30 fiddle cuffs to Blacktown Hospital.
"If you have a passion, always go for it, take the steps and make it happen" - Chrissan Segaram, acting team leader, Musculoskeletal Outpatient Department.
Chris combined his passion for football and physio for a stint with Norwich City Football Club while living in the UK.
"Women who receive care from a primary midwife are more likely to have a positive childbirth experience" - Carolyn Tranter, Midwifery Unit Manager, Women's and Newborn Health, Westmead Hospital
Four new caseload midwives joined Westmead Hospital's ranks, offering one-on-one care to expectant mothers.
“Western Sydney Local Health District aims to lead by example – trialling the removal of sugary drinks at Westmead Hospital is one way of demonstrating our commitment to health" - Andrew Newtown, Westmead Hospital general manager.
Westmead Hospital launched a three-month trial - the first of its kind for a major Sydney hospital - banning the sale of sugar-sweetened beverages across the campus. Westmead's postal services team couldn't wait to get on-board.
"The look of joy on the patients' faces is wonderful. They cry tears of happiness because they’ve been made whole again in some way" - cancer services manager Leanne Watson.
Blacktown Hospital opens a new wig library for cancer patients. Styles come in all cuts and colours - patient Linda Bradley couldn't wait to for a new look.
“Breast cancer is the most common cancer in Australian women - one in eight women will develop breast cancer by the time they turn 85. We want ladies - from all cultural backgrounds - to look after their health and have regular mammograms" - Westmead Breast Cancer Institute director Associate Professor Nirmala Pathmanathan.
We launch a unique campaign to get Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and CALD women to get their breasts screened - we take our message to the local train stations.
“His whole behaviour has changed. Music has brought him such happiness while he’s been in hospital" - Sean's daughter Trish Scerri
He's the rocking, jiving dementia patient who loves Elvis. John "Sean" O'Malley is living proof of the success of the hospital's Music & Memory program, using music to calm dementia patients.
"We just want to make the space bright and cheery. The people who are staying here are going through a pretty tough time, so it’s nice to brighten up their day" - Bunnings Minchinbury’s Narelle Hunt
Bunnings Warehouse team members across western Sydney donned their painting gear to make-over benches and tables in Mount Druitt Hospital's palliative care ward.
"Every child deserves the best healthcare. That's why these machines are critical - they enable hospital staff to have instant access to paediatric specialists" - Auburn Hospital general manager Andrew Newton
Life-saving paediatric healthcare takes a step into the future as new Vision for Life technology is installed at Auburn Hospital.
"I haven't been clean-shaven since high school - and that's only because the uniform policy banned facial hair!" - BMDH project team member Matthew Tadorian
Fearless BMDH project team member Matt Tadorian bid farewell to his beard for the Leukaemia Foundation'sWorld's Greatest Shave. His 10-week-old son George, along with many of his friends and colleagues, have never seen him without his fuzzy chin.
"The fact I only had to go in for five days of treatment, rather than seven weeks, was fantastic. Knowing after the first of day that I only had four days to go was a huge relief" - lung cancer patient Robert Moore
Cancer patients have their treatment times slashed, thanks to a new form of radiotherapy at Blacktown Hospital.
"Welcoming new families or those extending their family in those early stages is extremely rewarding" - Westmead Hospital clinical midwifery manager Melissa Barkho
Melissa is one of the first midwives to participate in Westmead Hospital's new nursing and midwifery development program, which aims to train staff for future leadership roles.
"We lost a patient a year ago and it was incredibly hard because we'd become very close. He was at the end of his life but our team got him walking again. That's what I love about nursing - seeing what you can do for people. I know that if I can make a difference for one family, then I've done my best. I've definitely found my calling" - Ruby Harris, assistant in nursing, Westmead Hospital
Suffering from a heart condition at 18, Ruby Harris spent a lot of time in hospitals - that's what made her want to be a nurse.
"These exercises are designed by health specialists to ensure older people have good strength and balance" - WSLHD Centre for Population Health deputy director Christine Newman
Nearly 100 people staged a surprise exercise session in Auburn Central Forecourt to show off their moves as part of HOPP - the district's popular Healthy Older People Partnership program.
“We’ve had 800 births so far this year, which is above average - it represents our efforts to provide a positive experience to all mums and their families" - Blacktown Hospital birthing unit manager Rachael Morgan.
Blacktown is named the state's top baby hotspot, with 3267 bubs born in 2016.
"This will be a world-class, best-practice hospital" - NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian
NSW Premier Gladys Berejikilan and Health Minister Brad Hazzard visit Blacktown Hospital to celebrate the second stage of the hospital's $700 million redevelopment. Stage 2 will include a new emergency department, intensive care unit and operating theatres.
"Thanks to the Woodturners for making my job a bit easier - it's a busy time of year for me!" - The Easter Bunny.
The Woodturners Inc pop into Mount Druitt Hospital's children's ward to deliver some Easter goodies - and there were LOTS of happy faces.
"These crucial pieces of equipment will allow our staff to perform routine eye tests more effectively" - The Children's Hospital at Westmead opthalmologist Dr Michael Jones
Mount Druitt Hospital's hard-working volunteers hand over $20,000 worth of equipment to the paediatric eye outpatient clinic.
"Nothing was ever too big or small for Jack. He frequently visited each ward to ensure patients, visitors and staff were offered beverages, snacks or the daily newspaper or magazine" - Mount Druitt Hospital general manager Sue-Anne Redmond
Mount Druitt Hospital said goodbye to a stalwart - volunteer Jack Mountain. Jack hung up his boots after 24 years' assisting at the hospital.
"The chairs are so comfortable and they're so easy to relax in - I could easily fall asleep in mine" - ovarian cancer patient Phyllis Matthews
Fantastic Furniture hand over 26 recliner chairs to Westmead Hospital's women's and newborn health department, ensuring patients have a more comfortable stay.
"Sean is a beautiful human being - it was an honour to do this for him" - Elvis impersonator Steve King
Blacktown Hospital dementia patient Sean O'Malley comes face-to-faces with his idol - Elvis. The pair had an hour-long music fest - with amazing dance moves to boot!
"I have ovarian cancer. I just have to accept my situation and smile. There's nothing you can do about it. Be positive and don't go around saying, "why me?" - patient Phyllis Matthews
Phyllis' doctor discovered her cancer in March - despite her diagnosis, she was still smiling.
“We know that getting an MRI can often be scary, especially if you’re having the scan for the first time. These new machines are state-of-the art – they come with headphones so patients can listen to music during the test, while also enjoying the new sky ceilings" - Westmead Hospital general manager Andrew Newton.
Westmead received two new state-of-the-art MRI machines, as part of the WSLHD's Capital Works program. The new machines & renovated MRI rooms guarantee a more pleasurable experience for patients.
"Act as a master of your life by putting your health, wellbeing and happiness first" - Marianna Olszewski
WSLHD celebrates its first Wellbeing Festival with laughing classes (cue the giggles!), Zumba, walking groups and a sell-out talk from positivity guru Sue Langley.
"Vicki is one of the Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre's (CPMCC) much-loved patients who has been receiving leukemia treatment for many years" - CPMCC medical & network support manager Jenny Butler
The CPMCC used funds from its 2016 Dry July campaign to buy 100 pamper packs, brimming with beauty products, for cancer patients.
"I want to make sure my children are ready to live without me" - Blacktown Hospital palliative care clinician Dr Elspeth Correy.
Patients, visitors and staff at Blacktown Hospital shared their "bucket list" wishes as part of a unique art installation. Before I Die encouraged people to think about what they want to achieve before they pass away - a powerful message for Palliative Care Week.
"I just love bringing new life into the world. Being the first person to touch these new babies is amazing. It’s so emotional and I love that" - Blacktown Hospital midwife Agatha Osifo.
Agatha is one of the hard-working midwives in Blacktown Hospital's busy maternity ward. She knows her job has challenges: "being with a woman at the loss of a baby is very hard ... you can't breakdown, you have to be strong for them."
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“Hair loss can affect how a person feels about themselves and many patients are reluctant to have chemotherapy because they’re worried about losing their hair. This machine is a game-changer for chemotherapy patients" - Blacktown Hospital Cancer & Haematology Centre manager Leanne Watson.
Hair loss in patients undergoing chemotherapy at Blacktown Hospital could be a thing of the past, thanks to a new Paxman Cooling Cap system. The machine was funded by the hospital's generous auxiliary.
“Exercises like this not only demonstrate our capability, but bring the team together to look for improvements for patient outcomes" - WSLHD disaster manager Caren Friend.
130 staff. 148 "patients". One bus crash. Westmead Hospital tested its capacity to respond to a major emergency in a hospital-wide simulation exercise. It was dubbed a success by the LHD's disaster manager Caren Friend.
“Our district is lucky to have so many nurses and midwives who are highly dedicated to their patients. These staff have displayed a willingness to go the extra mile - they are committed to doing everything they can to provide the best possible care" - WSLHD executive director (nursing & midwifery) Joanne Edwards
We paid homage to our dedicated nurses and midwifes on International Nurses Day.
They come together and play beautiful tunes - alongside their busy schedule of medical school.
Young doctors Vickie Lee, Irene Ju, Min Young Parke, Zuriyat Iqbal and Annabelle Carter are among the 83 musically talented medical students in the Australian Medical Students' Orchestra.
"Our patients feel our lives are in their hands so I like to build a rapport quickly, they need to know I can be trusted" - Westmead Hospital anaesthetist Dr Clement Lee
Dr Lee's goal is to keep his patients well, happy & satisfied: "when they wake up and I get a special thank you, I know that's why I'm doing this."
"And what could be more beautiful, than bringing new life into the world?" - Anonymous
We celebrated our wonderful midwives on International Midwives Day. Blacktown Hospital midwives Daisy, Emma, Karla and Gina showed us what it's all about with baby Madison - the joy of new life.
“The hospital should be like my bedroom. It should have toys. The hospital needs a garden with plants and flowers” - children from Mount Druitt Hospital's childcare centre.
Kids from Mount Druitt Hospital's childcare centre used their ideas of a "perfect hospital" to brighten up a shadecloth on the construction fence around the hospital's new dialysis centre. Cue plenty of finger painting and some glitter.
"We will miss Mette's high energy, expertise and kind nature" - colleague Karina Whelan
Westmead Hospital's brain injury unit farewelled long-time nurse Mette Jansen Hambly. Mette had worked in the unit since it first opened 27 years ago.
"I believe I was very lucky. If you've got a testing kit, use it, and use it now. I'm now off cancer treatment and recovering. I'll need to do another few tests but everything looks pretty rosy right now" - Doonside resident Colin Campbell.
By the end of 2021, 2880 people in western Sydney will be diagnosed with bowel cancer and 820 will lose their life to the disease. Doonside's Colin Campbell was one of the lucky ones - he recovered from bowel cancer, thanks to early detection.
"My dad passed away from lung cancer in 2014 and my brother passed away from oesophageal cancer last year. My way of dealing with grief is to take action. I don't want a cure, I want the elimination of cancer. I’m 52 years old and I will do this marathon" - Blacktown Hospital Cancer & Haematology admin team leader Marie White
Marie ran a massive 42.2km marathon to raise funds tor cancer research: "I just want to make a difference."
“I'm feeling great, I feel reborn. They didn’t have to open my chest, I don’t even see a scar, it’s unbelievable. I don’t have enough words to praise what the doctors have done for me” - patient Allenby George
Westmead Hospital staff celebrated a new procedure that made complex heart operations much easier for elderly and high-risk patients. Allenby George, 87, was one of the first patients to undergo the new operation - with great success.
"This sewing group is our way of creating a community of crafty people to give us a hand" - Blacktown Hospital physiotherapist Amanda Nowak
Blacktown Hospital's dementia team went on the hunt for savvy sewers for With These Hands - a new sewing group devoted to stitching up fiddle cuffs and sensory mats for patients.
“I’ve been working really hard at my goals and making lots of changes at home. I’ve got the whole family involved, including my two sisters - Go4Fun participant Jai Satula
We know exercise should be fun. So does 10-year-old Jai Satula. That's why he, his two sisters & his mum Julie signed up for healthy living program Go4Fun - and it's trampolining program!
“We wanted to create a workable, long-term solution for car parking across the precinct to ease parking stress. We’re thrilled that this construction milestone has been reached and we look forward to the completion of the car park" - Westmead Hospital acting general manager Jude Constable
It took more than 12 months of construction and 10,200 cubic metres of concrete poured (that’s 1700 truckloads!) but construction of Westmead Hospital's new multi-storey car park wrapped up in June 2017.
“Libraries are an important community hub and resource to reach the local community" - WSLHD's Centre for Population Health deputy director Christine Newman.
Library goers across western Sydney were encouraged to make healthy normal and sign up for a telephone health coach while thumbing through their favourite title. We partnered with local libraries to spread the Make Healthy Normal message to avid library visitors.
WSLHD's My Experience Matters survey showed more than 50 per cent of patients thought the wards were too noisy at night.
Wards across Westmead and Auburn hospitals took on the noise challenge in July, in an effort to help patients sleep better.
"Blacktown Hospital has been embraced by the community for its unique, instantly recognisable façade which literally challenged the stereotype that a hospital needs to be white" - WSLHD chief executive Danny O'Connor
Blacktown Hospital cleaned up at the International Academy for Design & Health awards, receiving nods for best international project, best use of art in a public space and best interior design.
“It inspires me to know I’m at the most technologically advanced hospital. With the new building coming up it’s really exciting, I want to be part of this whole journey" - Blacktown Hospital junior medical officer Alvina Ng
Applications open for junior medical doctors for our hospitals - and we put the call-out for young clinicians to grow their careers at internationally-acclaimed Blacktown Hospital.
"I've worked really hard, done a LOT of lifting and I need a break! I'm off to get some sun in the Bahamas - byyyyeeeee" - UCrane Bolt
Westmead Hospital’s mega crane, affectionately known as UCrane Bolt, takes off on a much-deserved holiday after months of hard work building the new multi-storey car park.
“In Anthony’s crib [at the hospital], there was a plaque saying proudly donated by Sargents Pies and every day, you see that; it made me realise how many people were on Anthony’s journey with us and how many contributed to his care" - former patient Victoria Kastoun.
Sargents Pies Charitable Foundation hands over $240,000 to WSLHD. It takes their total contributions to the LHD to over $2 million. A new video is produced to thank Sargents for its ongoing commitment to our hospitals.
“People should be able to decide where they’d like to spend the end of their lives and this new service gives them the respect they deserve and an option to have their loved one cared for at home with 24/7 support" - WSLHD chief executive Danny O'Connor
WSLHD announces a new partnership with the Silver Chain Group, allowing terminally ill patients to spend their dying days at home.
"NAIDOC is a really special time when Indigenous Australians come together for a week and showcase their culture and achievements. It’s also a time to demonstrate our culture to the rest of mainstream Australia" - Mount Druitt Hospital Aboriginal liasion officer Trevor Bates.
NAIDOC Week is celebrated across our hospitals, with traditional dancing, didigeridoo players and flag raising ceremonies.
“Incorporating Aboriginal traditions and cultural elements into the construction, planning and design of a hospital makes everyone feel more welcome" - Blacktown Hospital Aboriginal liaison officer Yvonne To’a
A smoking ceremony marks the start of a new collaboration between Blacktown Hospital and the indigenous community, with art and a commitment to employing Aboriginal workers on the agenda.
“The transformation of education, training and research at Westmead better aligns with the precinct’s vision of being a global innovation district" - WSLHD Research and Education Network operations director Helene Abouyanni.
After more than a year of planning, construction and commissioning, level 1 of the Westmead Education and Conference Centre officially opened for business.
"I have 23 grandchildren. I need to be here for them" - Shalvey resident Godwin D'Ugo
Godwin became the first cancer patient to be treated on Westmead Hospital’s new, state-of-the-art linear accelerator, which uses revolutionary technology to target tiny tumours.
"Sssssssh!" - Westmead and Auburn hospital nurses
More than 50 per cent of our patients said our wards were too noisy at night. So our patient & carer experience team ran a Ssssh! challenge, encouraging staff to keep quiet at night. Auburn Hospital's maternity ward & Westmead Hospital's A3C were the winners!
“There is great potential for these therapies to become a viable treatment option to repair damaged heart muscle in the future" - Westmead Hospital's Dr Loan Le
Dr Loan Le is awarded the 2017 Ralph Reader Basic Science Prize for her cardiology research. The award is one of the most prestigious prizes for cardiovascular research in Australasia.
“A silly decision may change lives forever" - road accident survivor Tristan Kennedy.
There were 384 people killed on NSW Roads in 2016, up 34 from 2015. The number of P-plate drivers killed, and the number of fatalities involving P-plate drivers, also increased. Deaths in the 17-25 age group increased significantly. That's why bstreestmart - the brainchild of Westmead Hospital trauma nurses Julie Seggie and Stephanie Wilson - is so important. Teens get a first-hand look at the reality of road accidents.
"500 patients would not be around today without this revolutionary treatment" - Westmead Hospital renal physician Professor Jeremy Chapman.
It’s 30 years since the first pancreas transplantation at Westmead Hospital – a treatment that has since saved hundreds of lives. Westmead Hospital was the first hospital in Australia to offer pancreas transplantation
"People with disabilities want support to live, not to die" - former Australian disability discrimination commissioner Graeme Innes AM.
Euthanasia, maggot therapy and ground-breaking techniques are just some of the highlights of Hospital Week 2017. Graeme Innes' talk on euthanasia packs out the auditorium, while dozens flock to the many stalls on display at Westmead Hospital.
“It’s been fantastic; we're able to set up and start working straight away” – finance worker Nirmal Raj Susai.
Westmead Hospital opens its first activity-based work place - the O3Hub. The hub is designed with new ways of working (NWOW) principles - think different zones, no set desks and lots of collaborative spaces.
“This new approach is exciting because it harnesses the power of the immune system to fight cancer" - Westmead Hospital Dr Ken Micklethwaite.
Leukaemia and lymphoma sufferers now have access to a potentially life-saving cancer treatment using genetically modified immune cells, thanks to an Australian-first clinical trial out of Westmead. Little Nikola Barac tested out t-cells made at Westmead - and is now cancer-free.
"I just feel connected to the hospital in so many ways; I'd honestly like to grow old in Blacktown Hospital and just continue to follow my passion in the meantime" - Blacktown Hospital midwife Nigina Hashimi.
Nigina is using her own experience as an Afghan refugee in Australia to help new mums from foreign backgrounds.
"It is about being a supportive presence as people walk through their difficult seasons, while respecting their own culture and faith" - Mount Druitt Hospital pastoral care officer Jeanie Meers.
Jeanie took on the pastoral care officer role after years working in health and pastoral care. She's lived in Mount Druitt for more than 32 years - and loves western Sydney and its residents.
"I absolutely support these awards. We really do value what you're doing" - NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard
Nearly 300 people frock up for the 2017 WSLHD Quality Awards. Trophies are handed out, champagne is sipped and we celebrate innovation in healthcare.
"It is wonderful to see so many people enjoying the activities and the family fun on offer" - Wistaria Festival organiser Margaret Bannister
The weather got it just right for the annual Wistaria Festival at Cumberland Hospital. The gardens offered a picture-perfect backdrop for two Spring weekends of food, music and activities.
“Embedding an Aboriginal world view into health facilities through construction, planning and design provides an opportunity for Aboriginal people to feel welcomed, valued and celebrated in the community" - Aboriginal health worker Narelle Holden
A moving Aboriginal smoking ceremony, performed by senior Darug man Lex Dadd, marks the start of construction of Westmead's new central acute services building.
“Staff personally prepare the meals they serve; it’s a fundamental change that aims to make the meal experience a highlight of each patient’s stay" - Westmead & Auburn hospital general manager Andrew Newton
Say goodbye to plain ol' hospital food - My Food Choice goes live at Auburn and Westmead hospitals. Patients get a new range of tasty, nutritious meals while ordering is a dream, thanks to Wi-Fi technology & iPads.
"My heart really beats for the staff here - I've been there to debrief with them after the death of a patient, to hold memorial services for them or their family members and just to listen" - Westmead Hospital chaplain Brenda Robilliard
Brenda hangs up her counselling hat after more than 25 years' serving Westmead Hospital and its staff.
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“The one million plus people who attend Blacktown Hospital every year will find parking a lot easier when the new car park opens in early 2018" - NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard
Blacktown Hospital reached a major milestone in the construction of its car park - the first in NSW with a high-tech parking guidance system. Mr Hazzard joins staff for a topping-out ceremony.
"I really see caring as both giving and receiving - Sarah-Jane is a person, but I am her arms and her voice" - Greystanes carer Lorraine Russell.
Lorraine has been caring for her daughter Sarah-Jane since birth, after she was diagnosed with several rare conditions. Lorraine shares her journey as a carer as part of National Carer's Week.
"Our carers are vital; we count on them. But we want them to take time for themselves too - even if it just for a cuppa" - WSLHD patient and carer experience manager Wendy Cain.
Mount Druitt Hospital celebrates its hard-working carers with goodies from the tea trolley and special thank you packages. Patients are encouraged to hand over pamper packs to their beloved carers.
"We are immensely proud of our history and dedication to providing quality healthcare; Mount Druitt Hospital holds a community spirit like no other" - Mount Druitt Hospital general manager Sue-Anne Redmond
Wheel out the birthday cake - it's been 35 years since Mount Druitt Hospital opened! Three and a half decades ago, the community turned up in thousands to catch a glimpse of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip officially opening the facility.
"Diwali is an exciting event for people from the Indian community; during the festival, sharing is emphasised and real importance is placed on giving to those in need. These are themes that are important to the work we do as a local health district" - WSLHD chief executive Danny O'Connor
Happy Diwali to all! Westmead's Redbank House team go all out for the occasion.
"Understanding health services can be difficult to navigate as a newly established refugee. This is a great way to empower our community" - WSLHD priority populations program lead Jo Fuller
We take part in an expo to help newly arrived refugees in western Sydney. We offer advice on how to access healthcare and obtain free basic health checks.
"It's beautiful and the room sizes are amazing; it just looks very flash" - Bella Vista resident Peter Wong
Mr Wong is the first patient to try out Westmead Hospital's new-look gastroenterology ward. The new ward has larger treatment and patient spaces and a new negative pressure isolation room. It's one of the first clinical spaces to be refurbished under the Westmead Redevelopment.
“For 20 years, I had psoriasis covering 80 per cent of my body. It just appeared in my middle to late teens – the first time, I had no idea what it was and it just gradually got worse over time. Psoriasis is a painful condition where skin cells build up and form scales and itchy, dry patches. It was incredibly hard to deal with, I spent every day trying to hide it. I tried everything to get rid of it – special creams and medications - nothing worked. In January 2015, I was referred to the dermatology team at Westmead Hospital and put on the drug Consentyx. After years of nothing working, I noticed a drastic improvement after a month. Four months later, my psoriasis was virtually gone. This treatment has been life-changing for me and my family" - Westmead Hospital patient David Vanags
David shares his story on World Psoriasis Day. He doesn't want anyone else to suffer in silence.
"I've enjoyed every minute of my time in western Sydney. I will miss the camaraderie and sense of excitement for what the future holds for health and beyond in western Sydney" - Westmead and Auburn hospitals general manager Andrew Newton
Tears flow across the district as Andrew Newton announces plans to take on the chief executive role at Southern NSW Local Health District.
“Imagine if you had a giant secret and you felt like you couldn’t tell anyone about it. That’s the way some people feel about their mental health condition - it eats a lot of people up inside" - Westmead Hospital mental health ward nursing unit manager Samantha Pozzo
Samantha has been a mental health nurse since she was a new graduate in 2011. She genuinely loves her job: "the mental health professionals I work alongside are exceptional, but the patients I have met along the way are the real stars. Their stories and their strength have taught me so much. I’ve learnt that it’s okay to not be okay – more than anything we want people to know that."
"Got a surgery booked at Westmead Hospital this Halloween? Things might get a bit eerie in the operating suites" - Mr Jack-O-Lantern
Trick or treat? Our operating theatre staff get in touch with their spooky side to mark Halloween 2017.
"Having a baby born too early or critically ill is devastating; the medical team care for our babies and parents in this time of need." - Miracle Babies Foundation founder Melinda Cruz
Parents Kristen Frederick and Nick Bradshaw, along with their little boy Noah, are just some of the families to pop in to Westmead's neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) on Thank U NICU Day. The couple are keen to celebrate the incredible staff who helped Noah in the earliest moments of his life.
"Few new antibiotics are being developed to help solve the rise of antibiotic resistance, so whatever antibiotics are used, they must be used with care." - pharmacist Kristin Xenos
What is the future of antibiotics? Our antimicrobial stewardship team grab crystal balls and fortune cookies to help promote awareness of responsible antibiotic use.
"This program represents the board's dedication to philanthropy; we are proud to be able to support these staff in their future endeavours." - Board chair Richard Alcock
The WSLHD board launches its first ever bursary program, offering one-off payments to support staff in their education pursuits. The 11 inaugural recipients use the funds to undertake university degrees, complete national training courses or take study tours overseas.
"This is such a great way to spread the Christmas spirit to our patients and among our staff. It's just a shame we can't wear our Christmas scrubs all year round!" - Westmead Hospital surgical high dependency unit acting nursing unit manager Suzanne Stevens
Nurses on Westmead's surgical high dependency ward don't even wait until December 1 to don their Christmas scrubs. Delivered by Santa all the way from the US, the team kick off the festive season in style.