The new hospital will have 14 theatres, with more than $2.5 million worth of state-of-the-art equipment installed.
Mona Vale Hospital surgeon Dr Stuart Pincott said the new theatres will be exceptional.
“We have been working for a long time with old infrastructure on the Northern Beaches, but we can now see the new hospital taking shape, and there’s a great deal of excitement about the operation of the new facility.
“It will be good for patients and it will be good for staff to work in such a modern, leading facility.
“I think staff will be especially impressed with the size of the theatres and the technology. Most of the equipment will hang from the ceiling, while operations will be able to be filmed and seen live on the other side of the world.
“This vision will also be able to be seen within the hospital’s education department, greatly broadening training opportunities for our staff.”
Another key inclusion is a $10,000 protective lead window for the control room where radiologists will sit.
Vascular surgeons, using the interventional hybrid theatre, will have access to imaging equipment which will display up-to-the-minute scans of a patient during complex procedures.
“This technology will greatly assist surgeons and improve patient care,” Dr Pincott said.
Around 150 surgeons, including cardiologists, neurologists, anaesthetists and obstetricians will work at the new hospital.
The 488 bed new hospital will feature:
- 14 state-of-the-art operating theatres including an interventional hybrid theatre and cardiothoracic theatre
- 2 cardiac cath labs
- 4 procedure rooms mostly for endoscopy services
- 41-bed recovery unit