Latest on Northern Beaches Hospital
Northern Beaches Hospital is progressing at pace and on schedule to open in late 2018.
Hereâ€™s a snapshot of whatâ€™s been happening recently.
Models of care
More than 100 local doctors and nurses took part in models of care workshops with Healthscope, which ran from April to June. These sessions were really just the start of the conversation about how care and services will be delivered in the new hospital.
Clinical Nurse Educator Judy Smith said â€œattending one of the recent workshops provided a unique opportunity to hear the exciting developments of our new hospital. We had an opportunity to voice our ideas and concerns in an inclusive and dynamic environment.â€
Over the coming months Healthscope will continue to meet with staff and doctors for more detailed discussions, which will also inform the hospitalâ€™s operational plans.
Our immediate priority is for Healthscope and the local health district to agree the process and timeframe for transferring permanent staff from the two local public hospitals to the new hospital.
A clear, simple Expression of Interest process will be established for those permanent staff who want to work in the new hospital. After this stage is complete, recruitment to remaining positions will begin.
Interim Medical Advisory Committee
The first meeting of Northern Beaches Hospital Interim Medical Advisory Committee is scheduled. Doctors from Manly and Mona Vale Public Hospitals are members of this group and will work with Healthscope on the recruitment of doctors to the hospital.
Whilst membership may change, the Medical Advisory Committee will remain in place once the hospital is operational.
Visits and tours
The community is taking a close look at construction with Healthscope welcoming local public hospital staff, community groups and volunteers to the site in Frenchs Forest to see the build progressing.
This is a wonderful opportunity for people to get a sense of scale of the nine-storey hospital.
Healthscope has also arranged a visit to Prince of Wales Private Hospital in the Eastern suburbs for senior staff at the two public hospitals on the Northern Beaches.
This will provide a useful insight into Healthscope hospitals. Further visits will be arranged over the course of the next 12 months.
In July, Healthscope will welcome 20 staff.
If you have any questions about Northern Beaches Hospital email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0427 088 526.