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.
The healthcare needs of the Northern Beaches community have changed significantly since Manly and Mona Vale Hospitals first opened decades ago. The current type of health services provided on the Northern Beaches needs to be redesigned to support the changing needs of the local community. Major investment is required.
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
- Selecting Healthscope as the preferred operator to construct and operate the hospital at Frenchs Forest
- Granting final planning approval for construction of the new Northern Beaches Hospital paving the way for main construction to begin as well as stage one road works, which will provide direct access to the new hospital
Improved Community Health Care
- The Northern Beaches Health Service Redevelopment also includes:
- A new Northern Community Health Centre located at Mona Vale Hospital
- 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.
NSW Health provides the following overview of the Northern Beaches Health Services redevelopment:
A new hospital for the Northern Beaches community will provide more health services and complex care at contemporary standards, with modern infrastructure that supports innovation, research, teaching and clinical changes well into the future.
When the doors open in 2018, the new facility will deliver level 5 hospital services to the local community, with increased beds and theatres, a larger mental health facility, as well as a large, modern Emergency Department.
Local people will have the best healthcare on their doorstep with the Northern Beaches Hospital, Mona Vale Hospital and $100 million investment in three new community health centres in Mona Vale, Seaforth and Brookvale to provide a network of comprehensive health care with a focus on prevention, early intervention, assessment, treatment and continuing care.
Read more in the Northern Beaches Health Service Redevelopment community update