New hospitals have been on the agenda as a regional priority for decades. The hospitals and health services in the SHOROC region are struggling to cope with current demand let alone the real effects of an ageing population and population growth.
Recent figures show that SHOROC region has a shortfall of 326 hospital beds for its 2011 population of 280,000 residents, when compared to the national average. Investment in our health services and hospitals is vital to provide basic needs to our residents for a sustainable future.
As part of the Shaping Our Future strategy, SHOROC is coordinating a Mayor-led campaign for state and federal government funding. Key priorities are:
- Immediate construction of the Northern Beaches Hospital at Frenchs Forest
- Upgrades to Mona Vale Hospital for a long term complementary role
- Retaining the Manly Hospital site for community and education services.
- Improved public health, mental health and related services to the broad community including nursing homes and geriatric services, as well as improved ambulance services for the whole of the Northern Beaches.
Progress to date
The united voice of four Mayors and councils lobbying for investment and working closely with the NSW Government is getting results. The significant progress is outlined below.
- Northern Beaches Hospital – Frenchs Forest and Mona Vale
The NSW Government has committed to commencing construction of the new Northern Beaches Hospital’s Frenchs Forest campus by 2015, with it opening in 2018, and for the Mona Vale Hospital campus to be retained in long term complementary role.Progress to date includes the NSW Government:
- Allocating an initial $125 million funding allocation for planning and enabling works
- Conducting an EOI process for potential operators to construct and operate the hospital at Frenchs Forest
The next step will be seeking formal proposals, with the successful tenderer identified in 2014 and main building construction scheduled to start in 2015 for completion in 2018.
- Improved Community Health Care
The Northern Beaches Health Service Redevelopment also includes:
- A new Northern Community Health Centre located at Mona Vale
- A new Southern Community Health Centre located at Brookvale
- Enhanced child and family health services and buildings provided at Dalwood in Seaforth
- Inter-departmental Committee for the Northern Beaches Hospital project
SHOROC’s Executive Director represents the councils on the NSW Government’s Inter-departmental Committee for the Northern Beaches Hospital project. The Committee includes executive-level representatives from Health, Premier and Cabinet, Planning, Transport, Treasury, and Infrastructure NSW and covers all aspects of the Hospital development project including transport and planning for the surrounding area.
Further detail can be found on the NSW Government Northern Beaches Health Service Redevelopment website nbhsredev.health.nsw.gov.au
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