Media Release

Healthscope announces official opening of Northern Beaches Hospital

Healthscope today announced that the Northern Beaches Hospital in Sydney’s Frenchs Forest is now officially open.

Healthscope today hosted an event to celebrate the occasion attended by the Premier of New South Wales the Honourable Gladys Berejiklian, the Minister for Health and Medical Research the Honourable Brad Hazzard, as well as a number of guests from the Northern Sydney Local Health District, health fund partners, hospital staff and members of the community.

Healthscope Chairman Paula Dwyer said

“Today, we celebrate a momentous event for our Company and the community with the official opening of the Northern Beaches Hospital. I’d like to congratulate the dedicated Healthscope team responsible for bringing this landmark project to life, on time and on budget. The first patient was transferred and admitted three weeks ago on 30th October, the exact day we committed to four years ago when Healthscope was awarded the contract to design, build and operate the facility.

“Through a competitive process, Healthscope was chosen by the New South Wales Government in 2014 because of our track record in efficiently delivering complex projects in collaboration with multiple stakeholders, and critically, because of our commitment to quality and transparency.

“Since that time, we have enjoyed a strong and collaborative partnership with the New South Wales State Government and the Northern Sydney Local Health District. Healthscope has been entrusted with a 20-year agreement to operate the public section of the hospital until 2038, and a 40-year agreement to 2058 to operate the private section.

“Northern Beaches Hospital is the centrepiece of over $1.5 billion invested by Healthscope in growth projects over the last five years, and will be the cornerstone of the Company’s planned growth for years to come.

“Importantly, it provides a new way for Healthscope to deliver and share our expertise in operating private hospitals to public patients and the broader health system.”

Healthscope Managing Director and CEO Gordon Ballantyne said, “At Healthscope, our strategy and business model are founded on the highest quality of care, delivered efficiently, compassionately, and innovatively, and backed by significant investment to serve the evolving needs of the community into the future.

“Accessible and high quality healthcare has a vital place in every community. Today is ultimately a celebration of the opening of this first class facility that will provide better care to local residents.

“The scale of this project is incredible. Made of 2,500 tonnes of steel and 40,000 tonnes of concrete, this building has changed the skyline of northern Sydney and can be seen from as far away as Circular Quay.

“We are confident that we have the team and the plans in place to navigate the inevitable challenges associated with ramping up a facility of this scale. Northern Beaches will be a great success,” Mr Ballantyne said.

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Notes to Editors:

At full ramp up (expected over the next four to five years after opening) Northern Beaches Hospital will have:

  • Total admissions of 52,000 per annum
  • A 50-bed Emergency Department which will see 50,000 presentations per annum
  • 14 theatres, two cardiac catheter labs and four procedural rooms
  • Birthing, intensive care, paediatric, renal, cancer care and mental health services
  • GP Medical Centre will treat 25,000 patients per annum
  • Outpatients expected to see 23,000 episodes per annum
  • Medical imaging, pharmacy and pathology facilities
  • Education Centre for doctor and staff training
  • 1400-space car park
  • Restaurants and patient amenities.

About Healthscope

Healthscope (ticker: HSO) is a leading private healthcare provider with 43 private hospitals in Australia and pathology operations across New Zealand.

Healthscope has a team of over 16,650 people and 17,500 Accredited Medical Practitioners, providing care to patients ranging from pathology tests to complex surgery.

We place the highest priority on quality clinical outcomes, transparency of reporting and elevating the overall patient experience. Healthscope was the first private hospital operator in Australia to report performance against quality and clinical outcome metrics publicly, just one part of our program to maintain and continually improve our high standards.