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A relocation proposal

In 2019, the NSW Government announced the $479 million investment to build a new Ryde Hospital.

This investment will enable Ryde to have a community hospital of the future, a "smart" hospital featuring the latest technology and with the patient journey at the heart of the design. Patients will be able to navigate through the system using a combination of digital and human services that extend outside of the hospital.

One of the options NSW Health is exploring, as part of the redevelopment planning process, is the feasibility of relocating Ryde Hospital to the Macquarie University campus, six kilometres north east of its current location.

Co-locating Ryde Hospital on the Macquarie University campus has a number of potential benefits to patients, carers, staff and the local community which are being explored.

No decision has been made at this stage and further discussion will be held with the staff, community and the university. The hospital would still be wholly publicly owned and operated by Northern Sydney Local Health District.

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Context

NSW Health will consider a number of options as part of the business case for the redevelopment of Ryde Hospital, including the potential benefits of building a new hospital at Macquarie University or redeveloping on the current Ryde Hospital site.

Visit the NSW Health Infrastructure website to find out more about the new hospital planning process.

 

Existing location 

Currently, Ryde Hospital is located at Denistone Road, Denistone. "Denistone House" was owned originally by Dr Thomas Forster and rebuilt by Richard Terry. It was acquired by the government after the death of Mr Terry in 1898 and used as a convalescent home. It became Ryde District Soldiers Memorial Hospital in 1934 and its name was officially changed to Ryde Hospital in March 1975.

Ryde Hospital is a district general hospital (C1) which provides both inpatient, outpatient and community services to Ryde. Patients can access emergency care, intensive care, specialty rehabilitation services and a variety of outpatient services. Other services provided at Ryde Hospital include general medical, elective and emergency surgery, midwifery care, orthopaedics and aged care. Community health services available include drug and alcohol and mental health.

The purpose-built Graythwaite Rehabilitation Centre on the hospital campus has been designed to meet the general inpatient medical rehabilitation needs of patients in the community as well as providing specialist burns services.

The hospital has strong linkages with Hornsby and Royal North Shore Hospital clinical services, and Northern Sydney Local Health District networks.

Ryde Hospital, together with Royal North Shore Hospital, covers the local government areas of Ryde, Hunters Hill, Lane Cove, Mosman, North Sydney and Willoughby.

Its current location is in a residential suburb with poor transport linkages. The nearest train stations are at Eastwood and Denistone and not within easy walking distance.

Free parking is available on site and in nearby residential streets.

 

Proposed location

Under the proposed location at Macquarie University, the hospital would be situated close to public transport hubs. There are good accessible linkages with the Metro train and bus network.

Being located at Macquarie University would also allow for increased parking and be close to a major retail precinct.

It is also located close to the M2 interchange allowing for better road access for those travelling from the north and north west of Sydney.

 

Future use of current Ryde Hospital site

Ryde Hospital has a long-standing presence as a health facility in its current location and is held in great affection with the local community. Therefore the site would remain in public ownership and be retained to continue to provide the community with health and wellbeing services.

Part of the proposal will give strong consideration to the use of the current Ryde Hospital site including the Graythwaite Rehabilitation Centre, the protection of the heritage buildings and legal and contractual obligations.