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2018




On 31 October, the beautiful Rose, came into the world at 2.45am, making her the first baby born in the hospital.

Proud parents, Kate and Tim from Manly Vale are excited with the birth of baby Rose. Rose is a little sister to their son Theo who is 2 ½ years old.

Rose was waiting to make her entrance at NBH as she was 9 days overdue.

Tanya Pancetta, Midwifery Unit Manager said ,’The community is lucky to have these wonderful new facilities at NBH. The staff were so excited with the first birth for the birthing unit.

Thank you to our fantastic nurses, midwives, doctors and all staff who did stellar work on day one of opening.

No one should underestimate the enormous task of opening a state-of-the-art hospital.

There were teething issues; many of which were fixed on the day by our fantastic support teams.

We treated 149 patients in the Emergency Department, provided a range of health services and transferred more than 70 patients from Manly Hospital.

We also welcomed 40 patients transferring from Mona Vale Hospital today (31 October).

Enter our beach and bushphoto comp

Enter our 2018 Northern BeachesHospital Photo Competition.

Our competition themes are BEACHand BUSH in celebration of our fantastic Northern Beacheslandscape.

Images should be uplifting,vibrant and interesting and appropriate for a hospital environment andcould:

  • include ourbeautiful surroundings at different times of the year/day
  • feature action oractivity
  • tell a story aboutthe Northern Beaches.

We welcome entries from staffand doctors at Manly and Mona Vale Hospitals and residents of the NorthernBeaches in New South Wales.

Entries close 30 July 2018.

Download the application form and terms and conditions here.

Thousands of local residents recently toured Northern Beaches Hospital to see for themselves how the build is nearing completion.

Joining the Healthscope team were MPs Jonathan O’Dea and Jason Falinski who wanted to see for themselves what the community was so excited about.

Groups visited the Emergency Department, Theatres, patient bedrooms and of course the helipad for those killer views of the Beaches and beyond.

Healthscope will schedule further tours later this year.

Midwives and staff from Manly and Mona Vale Hospitals recently toured Northern Beaches Hospital’s Birthing Suite, Maternity wards and Special Care Nursery to look at the facilities.

Northern Beaches, CMC, Sue Coats said she was impressed with what she saw.

“Birthing, Maternity and the Special Care Nursery take up about half of the second floor and it’s all very impressive; both in terms of the size and design.

“Through the user group process we asked for labour support rails to be installed for mums and it was great to see those in place.”

There are 40 beds in maternity services, 10 birthing suites (including three with birthing pools) and 12 special care nursery cots.

The comprehensive range of services includes:

  • Midwife or Obstetrician led birth
  • Early pregnancy assessment
  • Antenatal education
  • Newborn testing
  • Specialist obstetric ultrasound services
  • Lactation consultants
  • Diabetes services that incorporate gestational diabetes management
  • Postnatal drop-in care
  • Mental health consultation and liaison services
  • Follow up care in the home post-birth
  • Multidisciplinary care including allied health services during pregnancy and post-birth
  • Access to a full range of complementary specialist medical services.

Tours of Northern Beaches Hospital birthing services will be available later this year.

Healthscope recently appointed Ms Moran Wasson as the Director of Nursing, Northern Beaches Hospital.

A key Executive position, Moran has more than 20 years’ nursing leadership experience in health; most recently as Executive Director of Nursing at Adventist Healthcare.

She also has seven years’ experience as an IT Project Manager, implementing several hospital IT systems.

Moran said she is excited to be part of the team establishing our new hospital.

“It’s fantastic to join such an enthusiastic and experienced team.

“My immediate priorities will be to participate in the work around the Expression of Interest process and meet with staff at Manly and Mona Vale Hospitals. I will also further develop operational policies, oversee training and orientation planning and the many and varied preparations to commission the hospital.

“I am passionate about delivering quality healthcare and creating a fantastic workplace for staff and doctors. The building is stunning; but a hospital is nothing without a skilled, supported and motivated workforce.”

Moran has already met with Manly and Mona Vale Hospitals’ Directors of Nursing & Midwifery and senior nurses, and will continue to do so ahead of the hospital opening.

It’s been a three-year partnership that has brought about many opportunities for students and it’s just the beginning.

Rosemary McDowall, Principal of The Forest High School said: “Healthscope has been wonderful in providing our students with so many learning and vocational experiences.

“From work experience to careers presentations; awards sponsorship to art competitions; the Northern Beaches Hospital team has been working closely with teaching staff on a regular basis to provide opportunities for young minds.

“This partnership will continue long after the hospital opens and our students will be able to learn even more about health and medicine.”

Staff at Manly and Mona Vale Hospitals recently took a look at the Medical Imaging department inside the new hospital as the facility takes shape.

A quarter of the entire size of the hospital's ground floor, the Medical Imaging department will provide a comprehensive diagnostic imaging service seven days a week.

The service includes:

  • general X-ray
  • theatre imaging - cardiac cath lab & hybrid lab as well as II services
  • ultrasound
  • MRI
  • CT with cardiac application
  • interventional fluoroscopy
  • mammography with stereo biopsy
  • paediatric imaging
  • nuclear medicine

The Medical Imaging team will also provide services in the satellite imaging unit within the Emergency Department.

Vicki Gurman, Acting Chief Radiographer, said she was impressed with the size of the department.

“The space already looks very impressive; it’s a very large department, as it should be to service a hospital of this size.

“The site visit was a good opportunity to meet again with Healthcare Imaging Services, the Medical Imaging provider, as well as Healthscope, to ask questions about our new department.”

Don’t pass up the opportunity to volunteer at Northern Beaches Hospital.

We are seeking enthusiastic and passionate volunteers to join the hospital team. Volunteers will make a significant contribution to the hospital and the Northern Beaches community.

As a volunteer, you could:

  • Meet and greet patients at Reception
  • Accompany patients and assist visitors with information and directions
  • Perform concierge activities to support staff members
  • Participate in community open days, events and campaigns
  • Assist patients with use of hospital computer systems, pack up of patients’ belongings and providing companionship.

About you

  • A great communicator who enjoys helping people
  • Experience dealing directly with the public in a customer-service-focused role
  • Ability to work both independently and within a team
  • Have a genuine caring and empathetic outlook for patients and visitors.

If this sounds like you, this may be an opportunity for you to make a difference for people in need while gaining the enjoyment and satisfaction of doing something worthwhile for your local community. We welcome people including retirees, parents, carers, students, business people and part time workers.

Apply here.

It’s not too late for kids to enter our exciting competition to design the hospital’s coffee cup.

Naomi Byrnes from Healthscope explained how Healthscope is looking for Northern Beaches primary school students to use their artistic talents.

“The winning entry will feature as the coffee cup design for the hospital’s first year; which we think is pretty special.

“We’re looking for a cheerful, colourful design that could be linked to the Northern Beaches in some way, so kids – get creative,” said Ms Byrnes.

The competition is open to all primary school students on the Northern Beaches and the closing date is Monday 5 February 2018.

The winner will be presented with an IPad and will receive the very first Northern Beaches Hospital environmentally friendly coffee cup as a special keepsake.

Parents can get the template from enquiries@northernbeacheshospital.com.au and entries should be scanned in colour and emailed back to the same email address along with full name and age.

Healthscope has selected Ms Deborah Latta as Northern Beaches Hospital Chief Executive Officer (CEO), to take the helm of the state-of-the-art hospital.

Following her Registered Nursing training, Deborah started out as an Intensive Care nurse at St George Hospital. Her 37-year career in public and private healthcare comprised roles as General Manager Royal North Shore and Ryde Health Service, General Manager Prince of Wales Private and senior management positions at various hospitals.

Career highlights include being the first non-medical Director of Surgery in Australia and numerous hospital developments from clinical service planning through to construction. Deborah’s CV also features aid work in Papua New Guinea and studies at Harvard University.

Deborah said she believes her nursing background is a benefit when heading up a hospital.

“As a nurse, that dedication to patient care never leaves you.

“To this day exceptional patient care, exemplary customer service, fostering a positive workplace by caring for our staff and providing development opportunities are what I see my role as enabling.”

Healthscope’s State Manager for NSW/ACT, Stephen Gameren, said Deborah was the perfect choice for the position.

“Anyone who has worked with Deborah knows that her genuine desire to do what’s best for patients and staff determines every decision she makes.

“She has been involved with this project from day one and her attention to detail for design and planning is second to none.

“Deborah sets the bar very high as a leader, which is exactly what you need in terms of achieving a world-class facility with outstanding healthcare for people on the Northern Beaches.”

Construction of the new hospital remains ahead of schedule and on budget, opening in October 2018.

Year 7 students at The Forest High School have been busy taking part in an innovative robotics program, sponsored by Colliers International Project Management, Project Managers for Northern Beaches Hospital.

Students were challenged with a competition to design a robot using their coding talents, as well as collaboration, communication and problem solving skills.

Following a medical theme, students designed, built and coded a model self-driving hospital bed using Lego robotics. The final products were presented to Colliers International Project Management who helped to judge the winners.

Congratulations to Halle Smit, Rohan Lange and Austin Culvera, who won the competition in semester 2 in 2017. Their design, teamwork and coding were outstanding, producing an excellent robot.

Peter Santamaria, Head Teacher Teaching and Learning said involvement from members of the hospital team was much appreciated and truly inspired students.

“On behalf of the students and the school, thank you to Colliers International Project Management for giving up their time.

“The involvement of the new hospital gave the students a greater authenticity to their learning and helped engage them with the technological and collaboration skills required for the future.

“The project managers were also great role models for students and helped them see where futures in engineering could take them.”

Healthscope has announced Epic Pharmacy as the pharmacy provider to Northern Beaches Hospital. In addition to the pharmacy service, which will support the entire hospital including Outpatient services, Epic Pharmacy will also provide retail pharmacy on the ground floor of the hospital. Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Reid said: “Epic Pharmacy is delighted to deliver the pharmacy service at Northern Beaches Hospital. We look forward to delivering a state-of-the-art pharmacy service, including robotic dispensing, and exceptional care to the Northern Beaches community.

Watch this short video from Northern Sydney Local Health District, Health Infrastructure and Healthscope about what it will be like to work in the new hospital.



2017

Healthscope is advertising for the Director of Nursing position at Northern Beaches Hospital.

We are seeking to recruit someone who is dynamic and enthusiastic with extensive knowledge of the private healthcare sector to join the Executive team.

The role focusses on leadership, strategic direction and operational management of clinical and nursing education functions of the hospital. This includes high quality clinical service delivery and patient outcomes, human resource management, budget and labour management, work health & safety, quality & risk management, compliance with legislation and high quality customer service.

Applications close 8 December. Apply here.

The Healthscope team headed to the top of the hospital this month to mark ‘one year to go’ until Northern Beaches Hospital opens its doors in October 2018.

Taking the lift up to the helipad, the project team joined staff at Manly and Mona Vale Hospitals, builders, residents and Forest High School students, to mark the special occasion.

Cathy Morris, Clinical Nurse Educator, Manly Hospital Emergency Department said: “It was nice to be a part of the celebration and we even had an opportunity to take a look at the Emergency Department, which is looking fantastic. As well as the different patient areas, I can’t believe the amount of space for storage and staff amenities.”

Northern Beaches Hospital Project Director Deborah Latta said: “There is a huge amount of work to do in 2018 and the Healthscope team still have a great deal of energy and commitment to get us to opening.

“Working with the Local Health District, next year will be about transitioning as many staff from Manly and Mona Vale Hospitals as possible, before we recruit to there maining positions.

“There is equipment to be delivered, IT systems to be installed, training and orientation to provide, planning for patient transfer and much, much more.

“Most people are now counting down the days until Christmas, but the Healthscope team is fixated on the countdown until we open.

“This time next year we look forward to opening the doors to one of the best hospitals in Australia.”

Ventia has been awarded the facilities maintenance contract for Northern Beaches Hospital.

Ventia will deliver the hospital’s hard facilities services including asset and utilities maintenance and gardening and landscape management as a 24/7 support service.

Ventia CEO Michael Metcalfe said it’s the investment in the long-term relationship with the client and the contract where Ventia brings value.

“We work to get to know our clients, understand their needs and priorities, and then bring solutions to life for them.”

Healthscope Manager Major Developments Peter Shepheard added: “Ventia has ensured we now have a tailored facilities maintenance solution that meets our needs for the hospital’s long-term operation.”

Extensive range of maternity services at Northern Beaches Hospital

Women will have access to the newest maternity services in NSW, with support throughout the entire antenatal and delivery period of their pregnancy when Northern Beaches Hospital opens in late 2018.

With 40 beds in maternity services, 10 purpose-built birthing suites and 12 special care nursery cots, the new hospital will provide more than is currently available on the Northern Beaches.

Whether it’s a vaginal or caesarean delivery, supported by midwives and obstetricians, options will be available to women from our superb facility.

We have birthing pools, if women want to give birth in water, or for pain relief during labour.

For the first time on the Northern Beaches, we will be able to look after women delivering early, from as early as 32 weeks.

Public and private patients will have beautiful rooms with en-suite that meet the Australasian Health Facility Guidelines’ standards.

The hospital’s approach to birthing will follow the NSW Health Policy Directive: Maternity - Towards Normal Birth in NSW and guided by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG).

Our comprehensive range of services includes:

  • Early pregnancy assessment
  • Antenatal education for pain management and breast feeding
  • Newborn testing
  • Specialist obstetric ultrasound services on site
  • Lactation consultants
  • Diabetes services that incorporate gestational diabetes management
  • Postnatal drop-in care – for help with any problems parents may be having
  • Psychological services provided by specifically qualified clinical Psychologists
  • Mental health consultation and liaison services
  • Follow up care in the home post-delivery, as required
  • Multidisciplinary care including allied health services during pregnancy and post-delivery
  • Access to a full range of complementary specialist medical services

Tours of Northern Beaches Hospital maternity services will be available from 2018.

It was a whistle stop tour of Northern Beaches Hospital for NSW Minister for Health, Brad Hazzard as he took a close look at construction progress.Healthscope Project Director Deborah Latta, joined builders CPB, to provide the Minister with a close inspection of just some of the hospital’s highlights including the:•50-bed emergency department•14 state-of-the-art theatres•41-bed recovery areaThe Minister also soaked in the cracking views of stunning Northern Beaches from the helipad atop the hospital.The build is ahead of schedule, with the internal fit-out continuing for the rest of 2017, before the hospital opens in late 2018.

Australian Clinical Labs, known as Clinical Labs, has been selected as the pathology provider to Northern Beaches Hospital.

Pathology staff at Manly and Mona Vale Hospitals were invited to attend QA sessions on 20 July to meet with Clinical Labs management, alongside Healthscope and NSW Health representatives.

About 40 staff attended to find out what they can expect from the new provider.

Clinical Labs NSW State Manager, Chris Brownlow, said Clinical Labs will service the hospital’s inpatients and doctors’ outpatients from a state-of-the-art on-site laboratory which will operate 24 hours, seven days a week and 365 days per year.

“Clinical Labs is the largest private provider of pathology services to public hospitals in Australia so we are well positioned to deliver high quality pathology services to the Northern Beaches community through our newest laboratory equipped with the next generation of testing platforms and instrumentation.

“The onsite laboratory and collection centres mean we can employ local staff, and patients and doctors can be assured of excellent turn-around times for quality results.”

A full suite of pathology services will be provided with:

  • An onsite lab 24/7
  • Two collection centres - one in outpatients on the ground floor and the other co-located with the Specialist Consulting Suites on level 6
  • Collection service to the wards and a community outreach service
  • 24/7 transfusion support.

Healthscope will work closely with Clinical Labs and staff at Manly and Mona Vale Hospitals in developing quality pathology services in time for the opening late next year.

A huge thank you to the many hundreds of volunteers who have already registered to volunteer at Northern Beaches Hospital.

Although the hospital doesn’t open until late 2018, there will be roles for volunteers ahead of the hospital opening.

Healthscope is working through the Expression of Interest process and will contact those who have registered in the coming months to talk about next steps. Thank you for your patience.

To register your interest in working at Northern Beaches Hospital, please email enquiries@northernbeacheshospital.com.au with your full name, mobile number, email address and the type of position you are interested in.

When recruitment begins in 2018, you will automatically be emailed information about available positions.

State-of-the-art hospital - Beautiful location - Fantastic clinical opportunities

We are looking for exceptional, highly competent Visiting Medical Officers to provide quality care for Northern Beaches Hospital patients.

At Healthscope, we invest in our doctors to ensure that they deliver quality clinical care and provide the best to our patients.

We are looking for Specialists in:

  • Anaesthetics
  • Oncology
  • Cardiology (incl. Interventional Cardiology)
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Endocrinology
  • ENT Surgery
  • Gastroenterology
  • General Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Gynaecology
  • Haematology
  • Mental Health
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Obstetrics
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Paediatric Medicine
  • Paediatric Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Renal Medicine
  • Respiratory Medicine
  • Urology
  • Vascular Surgery (incl. Endovascular)

We are looking for doctors who work well with staff, support a positive workplace culture and are willing to teach and be available to junior doctors.

Doctor amenities include:

  • Two floors of Specialist Consulting Suites
  • Large on-site Education Centre with the latest technology for teaching, simulation and presentations
  • Spacious staff rooms with modern facilities
  • Showers, lockers and secure bicycle racks
  • 1,400 space multi-storey car park
  • Fresh-cook food on site, plus cafés and other retail
  • Concierge services.

Please express your interest to doctors@northernbeacheshospital.com.au and you will be sent information about the credentialing process.

Healthscope and our builders, CPB, remain ahead of schedule, with the Northern Beaches Hospital façade beginning to reveal itself to the local community and commuters.

As the scaffolding is removed over the coming weeks and the cranes are dismantled from site, for the first time locals will be able to see the shape of the hospital and its external materials.

About 540 constructions workers, from carpenters to plumbers, electricians to painters, will have the majority of the internal fit-out complete this year. Construction worker numbers will drop to approximately 200 towards the end of year and then half that by early 2018.

Hospital equipment will begin to arrive late this year and into the first half of 2018. Landscaping, internal roads, pavements and signage will also get underway early next year.

For more information email enquiries@northernbeacheshospital.com.au

Doctors interested in leasing specialist consulting suites on two floors of the hospital can email doctors@northernbeacheshospital.com.au to receive room specifications and leasing terms later this year.

Room are for lease only and doctors will need to be credentialed with Northern Beaches Hospital.

This month Healthscope sponsored a meditation session for our site neighbours, The Forest High School students.

Project Director Deborah Latta said: “Healthscope sponsored the meditation session because it’s important to look after our mental health at every stage in life.

“HSC students have a large workload and can really feel the pressure. Meditation can help to reduce stress levels, anxiety and depression and boost confidence and positivity.

“Anything that gets people talking about mental health and wellness can only be a good thing.”

See the hospital coming out of the ground!

About 17 months from the hospital opening and the build is looking good.


For construction related questions, email enquiries@northernbeacheshospital.com.au

Hundreds of local people, including residents, community groups, site neighbours and Manly and Mona Vale Hospitals’ staff have now visited the construction site to see how the build is progressing.

Site tours will recommence later this year when construction activity allows groups on site once again.

If you or your group is interested in a tour of the hospital, please email enquiries@northernbeacheshospital.com.au with your details and we will make every effort to include you in the site tour schedule.

Construction is on schedule as this year the build focuses on the hospital’s internal structures and fit-out.

Services and internal walls are in place and waterproofing, steelwork and glazing underway.

Healthscope will bring you all the latest news and images as we hit key milestones, including when some of the exciting technology and equipment arrives on site for installation.

Women will have access to the newest maternity service in NSW, with support throughout the antenatal, delivery and postnatal period of their pregnancy when Northern Beaches Hospital opens in late 2018.

With 40 beds in maternity services, 10 purpose-built birthing suites and 12 special care nursery cots, the new hospital will provide a larger service than currently available on the Northern Beaches.

Women will have the choice of midwifery (Midwifery Group Practice) and obstetrician led models of care.

Public and private patients will have beautiful rooms with en-suite that meet the Australasian Health Facility Guidelines’ standards.

The hospital will offer water immersion in labour and birth, as per the NSW Health Policy Directive: Maternity – Towards Normal Birth in NSW. The hospital’s approach to birthing will be guided by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG).

Healthscope will provide a comprehensive range of services including:

  • Early pregnancy assessment
  • Antenatal education for pain management and breast feeding
  • Newborn testing
  • Specialist obstetric ultrasound services on site
  • Lactation consultants
  • Diabetes services that incorporate gestational diabetes management
  • Psychological services provided by specifically qualified Clinical Psychologists
  • Mental health consultation and liaison services
  • Follow up care in the home post-delivery, as required
  • Postnatal drop-in care – for help with any problems parents may be having
  • Multidisciplinary care including allied health services during pregnancy and post-delivery
  • Access to a full range of complementary specialist medical services

Tours of Northern Beaches Hospital maternity services will be available from 2018.

Northern Beaches Council invites local people to attend a community information session for further information about the draft Precinct Structure Plan.

The community information sessions are at the Forestville Library, 6 Darley St, Forestville on the following days:

  • Wednesday, 18 January 2017 – 2pm – 4pm
  • Saturday, 21 January 2017 – 10am – 12 noon
  • Wednesday, 15 February 2017 – 2pm- 4pm
  • Saturday, 18 February 2017 – 2.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday, 22 February 2017 – 12 noon – 4pm

If you have any questions about the upcoming information sessions contact Council’s Structure Plan Team on 9942 2111 or by email athospitalplan@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

2016

Healthscope and the NSW Government today celebrated Northern Beaches Hospital’s topping out ceremony – a building tradition where a tree is raised to the top of a structure once construction reaches its highest point.

Atop the 40-metre summit, Healthscope CEO Robert Cooke joined nurses from Manly and Mona Vale Hospitals, builders CPB, the NSW Premier, Minister for Health and local members.

Premier Mike Baird said: “I have watched over the past 18 months as this building has risen from the site at an incredible pace. We said we would build it and we are. By entering into a partnership we are building this hospital faster and at less expense to the taxpayer, delivering our promise of a world-class hospital on the Northern Beaches.”

Health Minister Jillian Skinner added: “I am very excited about this hospital, which shows what can be achieved when the Government partners with an experienced health care provider. The community will soon have a choice – a choice for free public health care or private health care in a state-of-the-art hospital on the Northern Beaches.”

Almost one million worker hours have gone into getting the hospital to this stage, with much more to come in 2017 as the internal fit out really gets underway.

Watch the latest time lapse video here

Our builders, CPB, have completed a lot of building in the last year.

View the latest Northern Beaches Hospital video time lapse here.

Northern Beaches Hospital construction is moving ahead at speed and some local residents have asked us how many storeys the hospital will have when it opens in late 2018.

We can confirm Northern Beaches Hospital remains a nine-storey hospital (basement, ground and levels 1-7) including the helipad on top.

The scaffolding is very misleading, however, we haven’t added extra levels onto the planned nine-storey facility. We promise.

If your household has a HSC or International Baccalaureate student in the immediate area around Northern Beaches Hospital, let us know by emailing enquiries@northernbeacheshospital.com.au

We will make every effort to minimise any disruption caused by the hospital construction during the revision and exam period.

Email us your location and we will make sure that you receive project updates about planned construction work.

The Forest High School Principal, Rosemary McDowall said “We are very grateful to Healthscope and the roads team for working with the school ahead of the HSC period to make sure that works in the area don’t inconvenience students’ learning.”

For construction updates, mail enquiries@northernbeacheshospital.com.au

From Friday 21 October, contractors will be installing underground electrical conduits across the corner of Wakehurst Parkway and Warringah Road. Weather dependent, this work will take place over the next four weeks at intermittent periods, Monday to Friday 7.00am – 5.00pm for day works.

For road safety reasons, some work must be carried out at night due to lane closures, Monday to Friday 9.00pm – 5.00am at intermittent periods. Traffic Controllers will be in place to manage road users and pedestrians.

Power cuts are not required for this work and we do not anticipate any disruption to services. Where possible, every effort will be made to minimise impacts to neighbours and we continue to monitor construction activities very closely. All work will be carried out according to planning approval conditions.

Please telephone 0427 088 526 or email enquiries@northernbeacheshospital.com.au if you have any questions about this scheduled work.

Today Project Director, Deborah Latta was delighted to be invited as the keynote speaker for the University of the Third Age (U3A) on the UN’s International Day of Older Persons.

A presentation was given about the Northern Beaches Hospital, including roles that seniors will play in the hospital when it opens in late 2018.

“Today was a useful reminder about the valuable contributions, knowledge and many talents of seniors in every community. We will work with members of U3A Northern Beaches to get their input into the hospital’s range of brochures, admissions process and more,” Ms Latta said.

More information about U3A Northern Beaches here.

Volunteers will be an important part of the Northern Beaches Hospital team. We are looking for local people who can regularly give their time to helping patients, visitors and staff at the hospital. If you would like to make a difference by helping people who are unwell or in need of support, get in touch.

Responsibilities could include anything from helping visitors find their way around the hospital, to reading to children and providing information at community open days.

All volunteers will receive training and support.

We will begin working with volunteers in 2018, but for now, all you need to do is email your contact details to enquiries@northernbeacheshospital.com.au and we will save your details into our volunteering database.

Members of The Forest High School Working Group visited site in September to see first hand how the Northern Beaches Hospital build is forging ahead.The group had an excellent view from the highest point of construction, with vistas stretching out across Northern Beaches bushland, beaches and the CBD skyline.Meeting regularly, the group includes representatives from the neighbouring school, hospital and roads project teams. Construction updates are provided and issues and opportunities discussed.This website will feature exciting new, vocational opportunities provided by Healthscope for students in the coming months. Watch this space.

From Monday 29 August, contractors will be installing electrical wiring along the Northern side of Warringah Road reserve.

Weather dependent, this work will take place over the next three weeks, Monday to Friday 7.00am – 5.00pm.

Power cuts are not required for this work and we do not anticipate any disruption to services.

Where possible, every effort will be made to minimise impacts to neighbours and we continue to monitor construction activities very closely.

All work will be carried out according to planning approval conditions.

Please telephone 0427 088 526 or email enquiries@northernbeacheshospital.com.au if you have any questions about this scheduled work.

With the basement, ground, first, second and third floors almost complete, the formwork for the fourth floor will be underway shortly before the concrete pours begin.Formwork is essentially molds into which the concrete is poured.

This month, Healthscope welcomed members of the Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary to site, to give them a tour of Northern Beaches Hospital construction progress.The ladies were the first community members to head inside the new loading dock area in the basement of the hospital.The group said the build had ‘blown them away’ and that they were now ‘very excited for the hospital to be finished.’

The hospital construction is on schedule, with the concrete poured for the basement, ground and first floors and level two underway.

2015

It’s still three years until Northern Beaches Hospital opens, yet the project team has already taken home a coveted 2015 NSW Premier Award.

The award was presented on 17 November by NSW Premier Mike Baird to Healthscope and Health Infrastructure in the category Making NSW a better place to live.

The project was awarded the accolade in recognition of the innovative partnership between Healthscope and NSW Health, which has resulted in the redesign of health services on the Northern Beaches. The contract is the first of its kind in NSW which will deliver services to private as well as public patients on behalf of the NSW Government. It will enable reduced facility and service duplication in a single integrated hospital, improving clinical outcomes for patients and managing health service demand. The contracting process is the first injection of private sector funding into major health infrastructure.

Northern Beaches Hospital Project Director Deborah Latta said “I’m confident that this award will be the first of many as we’re focussed on making this a world-class hospital; with exceptional services, quality and care for public and private patients.”

The hospital is on schedule to open in late 2018. For more information email enquiries@northernbeacheshospital.com.au

Senior nurses, doctors and other staff on the Northern Beaches Hospital Services Reference Group visited the site in October to check out construction progress.

Construction will begin shortly on the hospital entry via Warringah Road. From Tuesday 20 October (weather permitting), out of hours work will commence to remove the existing footpath between the site boundary and Warringah Road at the Hilmer Street intersection. Services will then be installed before a new pavement completes this work. The vast majority of the work to build the hospital will take place during standard construction hours. However, to minimise the impact on traffic and ensure the safety of motorists and pedestrians, this particular work is scheduled to occur from Tuesday 20 October between 10.00pm and 5.00am.

What to expect during this work period:

  • Traffic control on Warringah Road to manage the safety of road users and pedestrians
  • Construction vehicle movements
  • Excavation, concrete cutting and paving noise
  • Lights on vehicles and machinery
  • Pedestrian access maintained, including the pathway adjacent to the hospital site and The Forest High School.

Where possible, every effort will be made to minimise the impact to neighbours. We continue to monitor construction activities very closely. All work will be carried out according to planning approval conditions. To report any construction related issues, including at weekends and after hours, please telephone 0427 088 526.

Read the latest community update from Roads and Maritime Services here about the stage 1 connectivity work to provide essential access to the hospital. Work begins in November 2015.

For further information email nbhcommunity@ferrovialyork.com.au or telephone 1800 014 307 (free line available 24 hours).


Download:
RMS Community update Oct 15

Warringah Council advises that the Hospital Precinct Structure Plan has been delayed until a more detailed Traffic Study is complete. This will provide a better understanding of what infrastructure will be best for the short and long term and to detail exactly how and where any additional growth can be accommodated.

It is anticipated that this work will be finished by the end of the year, which will allow Council to place the information on public exhibition in the first half of next year and to finish preparing the Hospital Precinct Structure Plan by the middle

of 2016.

The Hospital Precinct Structure Plan will make suggestions about the most appropriate height controls and zonings – it is not a rezoning document. Actual changes will be done through a separate process in conjunction with State agencies. Council has not determined any potential building heights or zoning and these decisions cannot be made until all studies are complete.

For further information telephone 9942 2675 or view the Warringah Council website project page.

When the new hospital opens in late 2018, more than 1,300 staff will work there.

Recruitment for the state-of-the-art hospital in Frenchs Forest begins in 2017.

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Send your name, contact telephone number and email address to enquiries@northernbeacheshospital.com.au

Warringah Council is preparing the Northern Beaches Hospital Precinct Structure Plan. The purpose of the plan is to look at the wider land use around the hospital and involves a detailed analysis of opportunities and constraints, to properly plan for future development.

Council, along with Roads and Maritime Services and Transport for NSW have agreed to carry out and fund a more detailed transport assessment, including network modelling. This is needed to plan where extra dwelling and businesses should be located. The work should be complete by the end of 2015, with the intent of the draft Northern Beaches Hospital Precinct Structure Plan going on public exhibition in early 2016.

For more information go to theWarringah Council website or telephone Strategic Planning on 9942 2675.

Roads and Maritime has prepared an Environmental Impact Statement for the Stage 2 Network Enhancement Work around the hospital. The NSW Department of Planning and Environment has placed the Environmental Impact Statement for the Stage 2 Network Enhancement Work on display from Wednesday 22 July to Friday 21 August 2015.

The Environmental Impact Statement assesses the environmental impact of the proposal and advises how best to manage the impacts during construction and operation.

Written submissions must be received by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment before Friday 21 August 2015. Submissions should be made through the NSW Department of Planning and Environment website, or by fax or mail:

Online at the NSW Department of Planning and Environment website

Fax submissions to (02) 9228 6366

Written submissions to: Director of Infrastructure Department of Planning and Environment GPO Box 39, Sydney NSW 2001

Display locations Printed copies of the Environmental Impact Statement are available to view at:

  • Nature Conservation Council, Level 2, 5 Wilson Street, Newtown
  • Warringah Council, 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why
  • Dee Why Library, 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why
  • Belrose Library, Glenrose Place, Belrose
  • Forestville Library, 6 Darley Street, Forestville
  • Warringah Mall Library, Shop 650, 2nd Floor, Warringah Mall, 145 Old Pittwater Road, Brookvale
  • Department of Planning and Environment, Information Centre, 23-33 Bridge Street, Sydney
  • Roads and Maritime Services (Head Office), Level 9, 101 Miller Street, North Sydney.

A copy of the full Environmental Impact Statement on CD is available by telephone 1300 367 459 or email nbhroadworks@rms.nsw.gov.au or you can download it from the NSW Department of Planning and Environment website.

Healthscope and Leighton Construction welcomed The Forest High School students to the site in July to find out what goes into managing a construction site and building a state-of-the-art hospital.Construction and engineering students were given a tour of the site and an insight into the many varied careers in construction, in what was the first of many vocational opportunities created by the hospital.Project Director Deborah Latta said “It’s really important to inspire young people by creating dialogue about the many career paths available to them – from construction to design, project management to working as a health professional – and Northern Beaches Hospital provides that opportunity.For information about vocational opportunities, call us on 0427 088 526 or email enquiries@northernbeacheshospital.com.au

If you have a question, suggestion or a complaint about the hospital please contact the project team.Email: enquiries@northernbeacheshospital.com.auCommunity hotline: 0427 088 526 (7 days a week)Post: Northern Beaches Hospital Project Team, PO Box 523, Manly NSW 1655

There is a lot of activity happening behind our blue site hoarding now that the final stage of planning approval has been granted. In the coming weeks, we look forward to sharing with you images from the site, including time lapse photography so you can see how the build is progressing.

Health Minister Jillian Skinner and Planning Minister Rob Stokes has joined Healthscope in announcing Stage 2 Planning Approval has been granted for construction of the new Northern Beaches Hospital.

Stage 1 preparatory works commenced on the 6.5 hectare Frenchs Forest site in mid-2014. Stage 2 approval paves the way for main construction to begin on the hospital, which will open in 2018.

“The Northern Beaches community has waited decades for this hospital and today we are one step closer to making this landmark facility a reality,” Mrs Skinner said.

Mr Stokes, the Member for Pittwater, said: “This is a major step forward in delivering our commitment to provide a world-class, centrally-located hospital for the Northern Beaches.”

The NSW Government has partnered with Healthscope, which will design, build, operate and maintain the 488-bed Northern Beaches Hospital. Under a long-term contract, the NSW Government will provide funding to Healthscope to deliver free care to public patients.

The nine-storey Northern Beaches Hospital will include 488 beds, 1400 car spaces, a helipad, a 50-space emergency department, 14 operating theatres and six surgical suites, advanced intensive care and critical care units and a modern inpatient mental health facility.

Healthscope Project Director Deborah Latta said: “The people of the Northern Beaches will no longer have to travel out of the area for specialised health care. Whether a public or private patient, they will receive an exceptional standard of care much closer to home.”

Member for Wakehurst Brad Hazzard expressed his delight at the planning approval, saying: “This is one more giant step in our quest for a first-class hospital on the Northern Beaches – and residents will soon reap the benefits.”

Member for Davidson Jonathan O’Dea said: “The commencement of Stage 2 is another example of the NSW Baird Government delivering on its promises. This project will deliver state-of-the-art health services, many employment opportunities and one of the most significant road projects seen in our community.”

Roads and Maritime Services is planning major road upgrades (in two stages) surrounding the new hospital on key routes including Warringah Road, Forest Way and Wakehurst Parkway.

Stage 1 work, which will provide direct access to the new hospital, has also received approval. The Stage 2 road upgrade will increase road capacity on the supporting network, reduce congestion and improve traffic flow.

For conditions of approval for Northern Beaches Hospital, go to the Department of Planning and Environment website.

Health Minister Jillian Skinner, Premier and Member for Manly Mike Baird and Member for Wakehurst Brad Hazzard today took part in a smoking ceremony on the site of the new Northern Beaches Hospital at Frenchs Forest.The ceremony honours the traditional custodians of the land, certifying the cleansing of the 6.5 hectare site and preparing it to be a place of healing.“I’m so pleased to return to the site of the Northern Beaches Hospital. It will be a world-class facility delivering outstanding care to both public and private patients, while attracting the best clinicians to work with its state-of-the-art facilities,” Mrs Skinner said.The NSW Government is partnering with private healthcare operator Healthscope, which will design, build, operate and maintain the new Northern Beaches Hospital.Under a long-term contract with NSW Health, Healthscope will provide public patient services, which will be free to the patient.“It’s great to see the buzz of activity in and around this site as it is prepared for the construction phase,” Mr Baird said.“The people of the Northern Beaches have been waiting for this hospital for decades and it is now becoming a reality.”Mr Hazzard said: “There’s a growing sense of excitement in the community that we are delivering on our promise to build a modern, centrally-located hospital to serve the growing, ageing population of the Northern Beaches.”The new, nine-storey hospital will include 488 beds, 1,400 car spaces, a helipad, a 50-space emergency department, 14 operating theatres and six surgical suites, advanced intensive care and critical care units and a modern inpatient mental health facility.The capital value of the project is around $1 billion, which includes $400 million in road upgradesConstruction will commence following Stage 2 planning approval, which is expected to be granted in coming months.The Northern Beaches Hospital is scheduled to open in 2018.

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Healthscope is one of the most highly regarded health care employers in Australia, with consistently high satisfaction ratings from our doctors, nurses, allied health and other health professionals and support staff. Approximately 1,300 staff will be required at the new hospital – approximately 400 more than in Manly Hospital and Mona Vale Hospital currently. Permanent staff currently employed at Manly and Mona Vale Hospitals will have the option to migrate to Healthscope’s team of more than 20,000 healthcare professionals. From 2016 Healthscope will commence detailed work with Northern Sydney Local Health District on the migration of staff and establish a clear and simple Expression of Interest process for those who choose to migrate. To fill the remaining vacant positions, the external recruitment process will begin in 2017. Information about jobs will not be available before 2017.
A GP clinic will be located next to the new emergency department to provide an option for people who need urgent care but who do not necessarily need to be treated in an emergency department. You will be able to choose to go to the GP clinic in preference to the emergency department, or if your case is serious, our GP clinic staff will be able to transfer you to emergency immediately.

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Health Minister Jillian Skinner today welcomed the signing of the contract to design, build, operate and maintain the new Northern Beaches Hospital.

Premier and Member for Manly Mike Baird and Health Minister Jillian Skinner today announced Healthscope has been chosen as the preferred tenderer to design, build, operate and maintain the new Northern Beaches Hospital.

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