A new network of healthcare for the Northern Beaches
The healthcare needs of the Northern Beaches community have changed significantly since Manly and Mona Vale Hospitals first opened many decades ago. A major investment in new infrastructure was required to ensure the local community had access to high quality healthcare into the future.
The new Northern Beaches Hospital
The new Northern Beaches Hospital will provide the local community with increased health services and more complex care delivered to contemporary standards, with modern infrastructure that supports innovation, research, teaching and clinical changes well into the future.
Local people will have the best healthcare on their doorstep with the Northern Beaches Hospital, Mona Vale Hospital and $100 million investment in the construction of the three new community health centres in Mona Vale, Seaforth and Brookvale.
Following many years of consultation with experts and the community the site at Frenchs Forest for the Northern Beaches Hospital was confirmed as the best option for people in the Northern Beaches community.
Mona Vale Hospital will continue to play a significant role in providing health care services to the community. The Hospital's role will transform post-2018 when its focus will shift to sub-acute, community health, urgent care and palliative care services in order to complement the acute care to be delivered at the new Northern Beaches Hospital.
When the new hospital opens in late 2018 there will be many more beds than there are currently on the Northern Beaches.
The new Northern Beaches Hospital will have 488 beds - nearly 200 beds more than currently provided by Manly and Mona Vale Hospitals. This represents a significant increase and these beds will be accessed in exactly the same way by the local community.
Services at the Northern Beaches Hospital will be greatly enhanced and when compared to those currently provided at both Manly and Mona Vale Hospitals represent:
50 emergency bays compared to 30 bays currently available
14 operating theatres compared to 5 currently available
20 intensive care beds compared to 13 currently available
40 maternity beds compared to 31 currently available
The new hospital will be operated by Healthscope and they will provide health services for all public patients who present to the hospital, without limiting the number of beds that can be used.
It's about meeting the needs of our community
The contract between the Government and Healthscope ensures the new hospital will be required to meet a range of performance requirements. This includes managing waiting lists for elective surgery and strict triage times in the Emergency Department, just as currently happens at Manly, Mona Vale and Royal North Shore Hospitals today.
Under a long term contract with Healthscope services are purchased for all public patients, allowing the operator to provide services to patients in the same way as a public hospital would, regardless of whether or people have private health insurance.
Public patients will be able to use the new hospital, including the Emergency Department, in the same way that they currently use Manly and Mona Vale Hospitals or any other public hospital.
Manly and Mona Vale Hospitals currently treat both public and private patients within their existing facilities and access to services at the new hospital will be the same as they are now - regardless of whether people choose to go as a public or private patient.
For more information about the new Northern beaches Hospital visit: http://www.northernbeacheshospital.com.au/