Upgrades to Hall Ward

The mental health inpatient unit at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead will become a more calming and welcoming place next year due to a grant of almost half a million from the NSW Government.

Hall Ward will receive new outdoor therapeutic equipment and an upgrade to the ward that will enhances comfort, privacy and connection to nature.

Nurse Unit Manager Anna Lester said the upgrade will change the look and feel of the ward’s common areas and patient bedrooms.

“The changes will make the environment safer, but more homely and familiar and offer variety of spaces for more physical exercises, group activities and quiet contemplation,” Ms Lester said.

“We hope the improvements and proposed changes will measurably reduce anxiety and incidents of challenging behaviour and strengthen coping resources as well as fostering positive experience – which in turn improve outcomes and reduce the time children need to spend in the ward in the first place.

“It can often be a challenging time for our patients and we are always looking at ways to make the time they spend in Hall Ward as comfortable, and welcoming as possible”, she said.

It is anticipated the improvements in Hall Ward will be completed by midway through 2019.