Clinical Services

October 2019

Preparedness for Summer season



With the likelihood of a hot, dry summer season it is important to remind everyone about preparedness activities to ensure sustainable service delivery and capacity to respond to local emergencies during extreme weather conditions and the large number of special events.


Staff are to ensure emergency management arrangements are in place for this period, including updated contact details for essential position holders. A review of your emergency plans and procedures is highly recommended.  Undertake risk assessments for the hazards as identified for WSLHD as well as any planned events to prepare for disruptions, or increased presentations.

Specifically, extreme heat, bushfires and subsequent utility disruptions remain as the highest potential incidents/emergencies.  With the long running drought, there are additional challenges this year to firefighting strategies, so it is essential to prepare in advance and know your local risks. 

To keep up-to-date with the potential and current weather conditions make sure you check out the Bureau of Meteorology’s link for NSW Warnings here

The NSW Health emergency preparedness website contains valuable information and resources on a range of hazards which can affect the health of the public, including extreme weather, infectious diseases and food safety threats. Click here to find out more.  


Facilities in WSLHD need to:

  1. prepare for presentations related to heat related illnesses

  2. review existing plans and procedures to meet any potential utility disruptions

  3. ensure that the status of all bush fires are monitored regularly via the NSWRFS website Fires Near Me - click here

Some other useful links:

  • Fire Danger ratings - click here 

  • Alert levels - click here 

  • Travelling in a bushfire area - click here 

  • Evacuation Decision Making Guidelines for Health and Residential Care Facilities - click here 


Please remember that the National Security Alert level remains at 'PROBABLE', so it is important that facilities and all health agencies remain vigilant during this period.

The Office of the State HSFAC, NSW Health Emergency Management Unit, (HEMU) can be contacted 24/7 through the on call number 028396 5019.

Contact for more information

Office of the State HSFAC

02 8396 5019

Submitted by Afrah Fazli on behalf of the Office of the State HSFAC

New operating hours - Central Referral Service (CRS)



Please note Central Referral Service (CRS) operating hours will change from next Monday 4 November.


CRS phone operated hours will be from 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday except public holidays.

Referrals will be processed between 8.00am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday except public holidays.


In addition, CRS will be processing Child and Family Health (CFH) internal referrals from Monday.

For more information, click here


Contact for more information

Central Referral Service

02 9881 7789

Submitted by Praba Maheswaran

Free women's health checks


Health workers spend so much time caring for others that they often neglect themselves.


In recognition of Cervical Cancer Week, the Women’s Health Service at Westmead Hospital is offering all female staff free cervical screen checks and/or health checks.

Free 30 minute appointments are available between 9.00am and 3.30pm on these days:


  • Friday 8 November

  • Friday 15 November

  • Friday 22 November

  • Friday 29 November

Women's Health is located at G Block, Level 4, Westmead Hospital (take the lift next to the florist up two floors).


Make your appointment now by calling Catherine on 0419 676 012.


Contact for more information

Catherine, Women's Health

0419 676 012

Submitted by Leanne Findlay on behalf of Women's Health

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