The building has two wings with a 10-bed Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEM) unit joining the ten dedicated palliative care beds.
"The GEM will provide early assessment and treatment for people experiencing health conditions associated with aging, such as a tendency to fall, reduced mobility and cognitive impairment," Jennifer said.
"This is another important addition to our hospital, joining the urgent care, community health, diagnostic, rehabilitation and other speciality services."
Everything from the floor to ceiling was designed in conjunction with consumer and community groups, and Northern Sydney Chief Executive Deb Willcox was excited to see it come to life
"The fittings through to the artwork were selected in consultation with groups like Friends of Northern Beaches Palliative Care and Northern Beaches In-patient Palliative Care Working Group, so the unit can meet all the needs of those admitted," she said.
About 50 staff will work at the facility across the disciplines of medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social work, clinical psychology, neuro-psychology, podiatry, speech pathology, dietetics, pharmacy, administration and environmental services.
"It was a pleasure to meet some of the staff at the opening and I know they will contribute greatly to the lives of those needing care at one of the hardest, most challenging times of their life," Deb said.