Of course nothing beats walking around and exploring, and for most people it only takes a couple of weeks before it starts to make sense.
Westmead hospital sits at the junction of Hawesbury Road and Darcy Road (see map). It is part of the largest health campus in Australia, which also comprises Westmead Children’s Hospital, Cumberland Hospital, Westmead Private Hospital, as well as the Westmead Institute for Medical Research and the Children’s Medical Research Institute. It is worth noting that while we are linked by a covered walkway to the Children’s Hospital, it remains an entirely separate administrative entity being part of the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network and not part of Western Sydney Local Health District.
BUT, in 2021, the two hospitals will become even closer when we open the 14-storey Central Acute Services Building (CASB), which will house services from Westmead Hospital, the Children's Hospital and Sydney University. While the timeline is not finalised, a variety of services will migrate from our existing building to the new building from early 2021. This includes the Emergency Department, Cardiology and operating theatres, with much of inpatient surgery.
Westmead consists of four long wings running parallel to Hawkesbury Road, each comprising several blocks.
The inner two wings are taller with up to six levels and this is where our inpatient wards are located, on Level 3 and above. It is here where the average ward JMO will spend most of their time.
These two wings are made up of four blocks: A,B,C and D. Each ward is named after the block, the level and the section within the block. D5c – our Neuroscience ward – is in Block D, Level 5 and at the 'c' end. It will take quite a while before you can fluently translate these three character alphanumerics into the equivalent service or department or specialty. To assist you, view a two-page guide here.
The main entrance to the hospital is on Level 2. To access the ward areas, most JMOs start by making their way to one of two main lift wells. At the front of the hospital, these are in the communicating passageways between Block A and B (known imaginatively as the AB lifts) and at the back of the hospital between Block C and D. When you start, you will generally find that moving between wards will involve navigating to these central lift wells, walking up and down the adjacent fire stairs, then working your way back out. After a while, you will find that there is a stairwell in the corner of each block that can serve as a shortcut.
The inpatient wards start at Level 3. The broad organising principles are:
- Level 3 is the hot floor – it has theatres, day surgery, Anaesthetics, some surgical wards, ICU, NICU, Birth Unit, endoscopy, Gastro and Neuro.
- Level 4 tends to be sub-acute medicine – Geriatrics, Rehab, Psychiatry and the smaller medical specialities like Endocrinology, Immunology, Rheumatology, Infectious Diseases, etc.
- Level 5 houses the acute medical specialties – Cardiology (A Block), Respiratory (B Block), Haematology/Oncology (C Block), with the exception being Neurosurgery (D Block).
- Level 6 (A & B Block only) is Renal & Urology (A Block) and Surgery (B Block).
As the redevelopment progresses, wards have been moving on a regular basis, so the original organising principles have started to become blurred, and this process will only continue over the next few years.
The images at the link below include simple schematics, the hospital footprint, detailed floor plans of each level and a service location, which maps the alphanumeric ward name to the appropriate department or clinical service.
When the link opens, be sure to scroll to the right to view all maps (or click on the dots at the bottom of the page)
Westmead Campus Maps
JMOs are assigned parking in P1 (the large multi-story car park on the corner of Darcy Rd and Institute Rd), P12 and P13 (the ground level open car parks off Dragonfly Dr, which is accessed from Mons Rd). See car park locations.
Parking is organised though Secure Parking and linked to your staff ID, which you will need to access the car park. You will need to authorise parking deductions from your fortnightly pay through completion of the Westmead Hospital Staff Parking Application Form
. Parking is NOT managed by the Security Department.
Please note that if you require an escort to the car park at any time, please contact Security on 57625 for assistance.
The cost of parking is currently $23.60 per week for full-timers and $15.75 for part-timers. JMOs who are rotated out of Westmead will need to suspend their deductions for the duration of the term and reinstate them on their return by completing the Westmead Hospital Staff Parking Cancellation and Suspension Form
For any car parking enquiries, contact Secure Parking on 8890 3739 or visit the office located behind the Information Desk near the main entrance.
JMOs wishing to avoid parking fees will find that public transport is a better option than hoping to find street parking.