First look at new Nepean Hospital Palliative Care Unit

An artist's impression of the Nepean Hospital Palliative Care Unit.
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Locals are being given a first look at the new Nepean Hospital Palliative Care Unit, which will enhance services for the region.

The new artist impression showcases the new unit, which will feature contemporary palliative care bedrooms with ensuites, communal areas, meeting spaces and flexible outdoor areas.

The Unit will be located on Level 7 of the Stage 2 Tower of the current Nepean Hospital Redevelopment, which was selected following extensive consultation with staff and community members.

The planning and design of the Unit has involved extensive consultation with palliative care health professionals, carers and community members, to ensure the best outcome for the Nepean Blue Mountains community.

Feedback from the community has also influenced the design for the new Unit, including the creation of home-like spaces, and large private rooms that can be personalised.

“Having access to outdoor areas and natural light was a common theme in consultation, and it’s important that patient bedrooms have direct access to courtyards and both indoor and outdoor communal spaces to accommodate families,” said State Penrith MP, Karen McKeown.

“This is will really create a space were patients and families can create some nice memories, during what can be an extremely difficult time.”

The NSW Government’s $93 million for capital investment in the World Class End of Life Care program will deliver new or redeveloped palliative care facilities across the state. Other locations to benefit from enhanced palliative care units include Wyong, Orange, Tamworth and Westmead.

“The new dedicated Unit will provide a purpose-built space for the Supportive and Palliative Care team to deliver specialised care and support to patients and families during what can be one of the most difficult times in their lives,” Health Minister Ryan Park said.

“The new Palliative Care Unit will provide access to plenty of natural light and fresh air, privacy and space for patients and their families, as well as access to individual and communal outdoor balconies and gardens. It is also located close to car parking and clinical services.”

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