Pittwater Life April 2018 Issue


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Beaches Palliative Care

Inpatient Facility Working

Group, which was formed in

June 2014, would continue

to liaise and meet with

Northern Sydney Local

Health District to contribute

to optimal outcomes for the


The Palliative Care Unit

will be co-located with a

separate 10-bed Geriatric

Unit within the new building,

which will be connected to

the recently constructed

Beachside Rehabilitation


The helipad will be

relocated approximately 100

metres to the north to make

way for the new building with

construction work scheduled

to begin mid-year.

Chief Executive, Northern

Sydney Local Health District

Deb Willcox said the shifting

of the helipad would not

delay the changes scheduled

for Mona Vale Hospital.

“Construction of the

helipad is expected to

commence in mid-2018 and

there will be no impact to

the timeline of works for

the Mona Vale Hospital

redevelopment or patients

requiring air transfer during

that time,” Ms Willcox


Mona Vale Hospital’s role

is being transformed with its

focus shifting to sub-acute,

community health, urgent care

and primary care services.

Emergency and acute care

will be delivered at the new

Northern Beaches Hospital

when it opens in Frenchs

Forest in October.

NSW Health has committed

to providing numerous

health services at a revamped

Mona Vale Hospital site and

is considering potential

co-location opportunities

with other medical service


“The redevelopment team

are working with clinicians

and staff to develop a

detailed design which will

be released in the coming

months,” Ms Willcox said.

“Early works on the site

are scheduled to begin in

mid-2018 and will include

demolition of two existing

demountable buildings

to make way for the

construction of a support

services building and the

reconfiguration of services

such as the Urgent Care


Jo-Ann Steeves thanked

Rob Stokes for his tireless

efforts in getting the project

off the ground.

“With his community in his

heart he has, from the outset,

been a major and persistent

advocate for achievement of

the palliative care inpatient

unit,” Jo-Ann said.

– Lisa Offord


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