Quick Facts and FAQs

Quick facts

488 hospital beds, including a boost to public beds, bringing the total number of beds available on the Northern Beaches to 554

50-space emergency department, 14 operating theatres and six surgical suites

A large integrated emergency department and state-of-the-art intensive care and critical care units treating both public and private patients

Nine-storey high facility, with a multi-storey 1,400 space car and helipad

Employing 1,300 staff, increasing the existing workforce by 400, plus 700 jobs created during construction

Funding will be guaranteed for public patient services through a long-term contract between the Northern Sydney Local Health District and Healthscope

No public patient will be forced to pay for public health services at the new hospital, and no patient will be forced to use their private health insurance

Equal access to care and greater healthcare choice for all patients

Frequently asked questions

What is the Northern Beaches Health Service Redevelopment?

The healthcare needs of the Northern Beaches community have changed significantly since Manly and Mona Vale Hospitals first opened many decades ago. The current range of health services provided on the Northern Beaches need to be redesigned to support the changing needs of the local community.

Major investment is now underway including:

  • The new Northern Beaches Hospital at Frenchs Forest
  • Reconfiguration of the Mona Vale Hospital to provide services Level 5 sub-acute services to the Northern Beaches
  • The new Mona Vale Community Health Centre at Mona Vale Hospital
  • The new Brookvale Community Health Centre opposite Warringah Mall
  • Enhanced Child and Family Health services in new buildings at Dalwood in Seaforth.

Significant investment across the Northern Beaches will help create a health system that works well for all patients, carers and families for many years to come. Patients’ needs will always come first.

What clinical services and facilities will be provided at the Northern Beaches Hospital?

A new hospital for the Northern Beaches community will provide more complex health services at contemporary standards, with modern infrastructure that supports innovation, teaching, research and changes to clinical models well into the future.

The new Level 5 hospital will be designed, built, operated and maintained by Healthscope, providing health services for both public and private patients. There will be 488 hospital beds, with more public beds, bringing the total number of beds on the Northern Beaches to 554. This bed increase is supported by a large, integrated emergency department, state-of-the-art intensive care and critical care units and a modern inpatient mental health facility.

The hospital will have a 50-space emergency department, 14 operating theatres and six surgical suites. Services at the Northern Beaches Hospital for all patients will include:

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Intensive Care
  • Surgery
  • Medicine
  • Anaesthetics
  • Maternity and Special Care Nursery
  • Paediatrics
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Inpatient Mental Health
  • Renal Dialysis
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiology
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacy
  • Teaching, Training, Education and Research.

How many storeys is the new hospital?

The Northern Beaches Hospital will be nine-storeys high, covering 69,800m2 gross floor space, with room on site for future expansion

Will there be car parking on the hospital site?

There will be a multi-storey car park with 1,400 spaces for staff, patients and visitors and a helipad for emergency patient transport.

How was Healthscope selected as the preferred hospital operator?

In late 2013, a Request for Proposals to build and operate the Northern Beaches Hospital was released to Healthscope and Ramsay Health Care.  The shortlisted hospital operators returned their bids in May 2014 and following a rigorous evaluation process Healthcope was recommended as the preferred hospital operator.

On 11 December 2014, the NSW Ministry of Health and Northern Sydney Local Health District signed a contract with Healthscope for the provision of public patient services over the next 20 years, with financial close following on 28 January 2015.

What are the benefits of partnering with an experienced hospital operator?

Partnering with Healthscope will bring about some very real benefits for the Northern Beaches community. Infrastructure, construction and maintenance costs for the facility can be shared with Healthscope, enabling the new hospital to be delivered faster and at a reduced cost to the taxpayer.

The money saved on the capital and the long term maintenance costs of the facility can also be reinvested in frontline health services.

Healthscope will also be responsible for the continued investment in the facility over the long-term to ensure it meets the contemporary standards of the day, avoiding some of the facility issues currently seen at both Manly and Mona Vale Hospitals.

What is the responsibility of the hospital operator?

Healthscope will design, construct, operate and maintain the new hospital and provide the best possible ongoing care for both public and private patients on the Northern Beaches.

How will public patients access services at the new hospital?

As a public patient you will be able to use the new hospital, including the Emergency Department, in exactly the same way that you currently use Manly, Mona Vale or Royal North Shore Hospitals.

Will there be a reduction in the quality of care under a hospital operator led model?

No. Healthscope will be required to meet stringent Australian quality and safety healthcare standards, as happens in all hospitals across Australia. This means patients will receive hospital care under the same conditions and to the same national standards as apply at any other hospital, public and private.

Will public patients need to use their private health insurance?

A long term contract has been signed with Healthscope, which  means that the Government purchases services for all public patients, allowing the hospital operator to provide services to patients in exactly the same way as a public hospital would, regardless of whether or not you have private health insurance.

How will treatment be prioritised?

Patients will always be prioritised according to their health needs, not according to whether they have private health insurance.

How many staff will work in the new hospital?

The new hospital will employ 1,300 staff, increasing the existing workforce by 400. 700 jobs will also be created during construction of the new hospital.

This is in addition to an increase in the number of staff expected to be employed in the three new community health centres, including future services to be delivered at Mona Vale Hospital.

When will the hospital development be completed?

The new hospital is scheduled for completion in 2018. Work to prepare the site ahead of construction is currently underway. Following a stage two planning application, construction will commence in 2015 with the doors due to open in 2018.

How does this compare to the failed Port Macquarie deal?

Our healthcare system has changed significantly in the last 20 years and lessons have been learned. The Northern Beaches Hospital is informed by substantial Western Australian experience, which has seen a private operator successfully delivering public healthcare services for more than 15 years. In fact, Joondalup Hospital, run by a private hospital operator for both public and private patients, was completed ahead of schedule and under budget.

Many Local Health Districts across NSW have successful partnerships with the private and non-government sectors in providing services for public patients. Within Northern Sydney Local Health District, HammondCare provides services for public and private palliative care patients and the Sydney Adventist Hospital services public and private oncology patients.

As is the case with these partnerships, Healthcope will be required to meet stringent Australian quality and safety healthcare standards, as happens in all hospitals across Australia. This means patients will receive hospital care under the same conditions and to the same national standards as apply at any other hospital, public and private.

Patient care and safety and equal access to care is paramount to this partnership.

What will happen to Mona Vale Hospital?

Mona Vale Hospital has served the local community well for the past 50 years, but now it’s time for a new contemporary facility that can continue to provide exceptional care long into the future.

When the Northern Beaches Hospital opens in 2018, most acute services at Mona Vale Hospital will transfer to the new hospital. Mona Vale Hospital will change its role, providing a 24/7 Urgent Care Centre and a range of sub-acute hospital services. These will include palliative care and community health services, hydrotherapy, a helipad and inpatient rehabilitation and aged care.

It’s important to remember that many patients in Pittwater often have to go to Royal North Shore Hospital for their complex care. Building a state-of-the-art hospital at Frenchs Forest means we can provide more complex treatment options on the Northern Beaches to meet the needs of 250,000 people.

In a few short years, local people will have unprecedented access to complex, high-quality healthcare for the next 50 years – with the Northern Beaches Hospital working closely alongside Mona Vale Hospital, plus $100 million investment in three new community health centres.

What will happen to the Manly Hospital site after it is closed?

Community consultation is underway to enable Government to determine the best use for the future of the Manly Hospital site once the new Northern Beaches Hospital opens in 2018.

Why redesign Community Health services?

Enhancing community health care in our community is a key part of the NSW Government’s plan to reduce the pressure on our health system and appropriately treat people outside of the hospital setting.

The Northern Beaches Health Service Redevelopment responds to this goal by redesigning the way we deliver community health services to residents on the Northern Beaches.

Currently, community health services on the Northern Beaches are spread over a number of sites. This has affected patient access to community health services and has led to operational inefficiencies in the provision of these services.

Bringing together community health services into three main locations will enhance health care delivery on the Northern Beaches by continuing our focus on prevention, early intervention, assessment, treatment and continuing care.

What services will be provided at the Mona Vale Community Health Centre?

The 4,100sqm building will provide a comprehensive range of services including:

  • Northern Sydney Home Nursing
  • Rehabilitation and Aged Care
  • Community Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol
  • Carer Support
  • Child and Family
  • Chronic Care (including Diabetes Education and Cardiac Rehabilitation)
  • Oral Health
  • Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
  • Acute Post-Acute Care for people coming out of hospital.

Mona Vale Hospital will also provide a comprehensive range of vital sub-acute hospital services including palliative care, rehabilitation and aged care and hydrotherapy, as well as a helipad and 24/7 urgent Care Centre.

What services will be provided at the Brookvale Community Health Centre?

The Brookvale Community Health Centre will be a major hub for Community Health Servcies on the Northern Beaches and will be located in the Brookvale area. It will provide services including:

  • Adult Mental Health Services
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
  • Community Drug and Alcohol Services
  • Community Nursing
  • Acute Post-Acute Care (APAC)
  • Breast Screen
  • Rehabilitation and Aged Care Services
  • Child and Family Health Services, and
  • Adult and Paediatric Oral Health Services

What Child and Family Health services will be provided at Dalwood?

The existing Dalwood site currently comprises purpose-built facilities for secondary and tertiary level child and family health services, including the Spilstead Centre and Family Care Centre. The new specialist centre will provide the following services:

  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Community Paediatrics
  • Paediatric Occupational Therapy
  • Paediatric Speech Pathology
  • Paediatric Physiotherapy
  • Spilstead and Brighter Futures
  • Early childhood and parenting support
  • Family Care Centre.

This will provide the Northern Beaches community with access to more community based paediatric clinicians at one central location.

How is the project managing the impact on flora and fauna?

In preparation for the removal of vegetation on the Northern Beaches Hospital site, a biodiversity offset strategy was developed in accordance with the NSW BioBanking Framework – the policy for managing biodiversity impacts on flora and fauna in NSW.

An overview of the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Biodiversity and Banking Offset Scheme can be viewed at: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/resources/biobanking/biobankingoverview07528.pdf

What road and transport solutions are planned to support the development of the hospital?

The NSW Government is investing $400 million on road upgrades around the new Northern Beaches Hospital with work planned to be completed in time for the hospital opening. These upgrades will provide customers with a better travel experience by car or bus, increase the capacity of the road network and improve access through the precinct. Roads and Maritime Services is delivering the road upgrades in two stages. Stage 1 will provide essential access for the Northern Beaches Hospital and Stage 2 will help to increase capacity of the road network and reduce congestion.

Roads and Maritime has prepared an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Concept Proposal and the Stage 1 Connectivity Work. This EIS outlines the key features of the proposal and the potential environmental, social and economic impacts during construction and operation. Importantly, it also outlines measures to minimise and manage potential impacts.

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DP&E) placed the EIS on public exhibition between 22 October and 21 November 2014.

A detailed assessment of the Stage 2 Network Enhancement Work will be the subject of a separate EIS, which will be displayed for community comments by mid-2015.

For more information contact the Roads and Maritime project team on 1300 367 459, email nbhroadworks@rms.nsw.gov.au or visit http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roadprojects/projects/sydney_region/northern_sydney_region/nbh/index.html

How can I give feedback or ask any questions about the redevelopment?

If you wish to subscribe to project updates or provide your feedback about the project, please email the team on HI-NorthernBeachesEnquiries@health.nsw.gov.au. You can also call the project team on 9978 5410.