PATIENTS, staff and visitors were given free reusable drink bottles to mark the installation of a new water refill station at the entrance of the Westmead Hospital.
Designed to refill bottles rather than dispense water like a bubbler, it aims to encourage people to swap sugary drinks for water.
Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) Centre for Population Health deputy director Christine Newman said staff told them they wanted more access to fresh drinking water.
"By swapping one 375ml can of soft drink a day to water - in one month you can save more than $150 and reduce your energy consumption by 37,800 kilojoules and lose one kilogram of body weight," she said.
"Other benefits are not only providing free, fresh and safe drinking water but also to reduce landfill and help the environment by encouraging people to use refillable water bottles."