Welcome 2016 Medical Students



Welcome to Westmead’s Emergency Department (ED). We hope that you enjoy your time with us at the Western Clinical School and have an educational and enjoyable experience with us when you come to the ED.

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The brief emergency medicine rotation in year 3 is an experience aimed at teaching students the necessary skills to take care of patients with a wide variety of undifferentiated problems.

We also welcome other students who have an interested in acute care medicine to attend the ED in their free time to spend time with patients and/or do the ‘MD project’ with us. In the ED an emphasis is placed on learning how to approach patients with common and potentially life threatening complaints as well as gaining crucial skills in patient assessment and stabilisation.


About Westmead Emergency

Westmead’s Emergency Department is a tertiary level trauma centre that sees over 70,000 patients per year. It is the entry point to the hospital for the majority of hospital admissions. The impression many patients get of the hospital will be shaped by their experience in the Emergency Department.

Emergency Student Mentors

  • Dr Ling (bluensunny@yahoo.com) – Stage III
  • Dr Varshney (Kavita.Varshney@health.nsw.gov.au) – Disaster Medicine
  • Dr Coggins (andrewrcoggins@gmail.com) – Elective
  • Dr Unwin (Danielle.Unwin@health.nsw.gov.au) – Interns
  • Dr Shetty (samit36@hotmail.com) – MD projects.

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  • ED Secretary – +61 02 9845 7607
  • ED Front Desk – +61 02 9845 8205
  • ED On the Floor Consultant – +61 02 9845 8222


Education Opportunities

  • Junior Doctor (JMO) teaching
    • Various Weekdays at 9 am in the ED Tutorial room
  • Registrar teaching
    • Wednesday morning 8.30am ED Tutorial room
  • Grand Rounds
    • Medical Rounds – 1pm Wednesday Education Block
  • Trauma Meetings
    • AM on Weekdays. (Advertised in ED posters)
  • Emergency Medicine Interest Group
    • Run by local students – presents teaching sessions every month during term time. (Advertised in ED posters)
  • Simulation
    • Ask your Emergency staff whether there are any suitable locally run simulation courses for your attend while you are here (best for Stage III and Elective)

Areas of Our Emergency Department

  1. Resuscitation Bays

 Four beds (beds 1-4) allocated to the sickest patients in the ED (e.g. intubated patients, unstable medical patients and trauma). This area has the highest ratio of nurses to patients

  1. Acute Care

All patients except those who are suitable to be triaged to Urgent Care are triaged to Acute Care. Acute Care consists of 29 beds or ‘treatment spaces’. This includes three resuscitation beds and 26 other beds (including two single rooms). All of the 29 beds have full monitoring capacity. It is divided into Workstation A (Beds 1-9, & 23-29) and Workstation B (Beds 10 -22).

  1. Urgent Care Centre

Urgent Care Centre is used for the assessment of patients with simpler problems that are unlikely to require admission but may require a period of treatment such as:

  • IV fluids for gastroenteritis or hyperemesis gravidarum
  • IV steroids , fluids and antibiotics for tonsillitis
  • Minor Injuries not fulfilling trauma criteria
  • Mild to moderate abdominal pain in patients in younger mail patients
  • Rashes
  • ENT, ophthalmology, orthopaedic, plastics problems
  1. Emergency Short Stay Unit (ESSU)

An obervation unit of 12 beds/chairs. Suitable for patients that are stable, reviewed by senior(s) and expected to be discharged at more than 4 hours but less than 24 hours. Observations and further investigations are carried out here. It is staffed by junior medical officers and overseen by the senior ED Staff. Less than 10 percent of these patients go on to be admitted to the hospital ‘proper’ within 24 hours. Typical cases would include renal colic, young patients with abdominal pain and chest pain with low to moderate risk of acute coronary syndrome.

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