The Northern Beaches Hospital isn’t expected to open its doors for another three years, but it’s already attracting plenty of attention.
The project was awarded a 2015 New South Wales Premier's Award last week in recognition of the innovative partnership between Healthscope and New South Wales Health.
The hospital operator and New South Wales Infrastructure, a division of the Health Department, have combined to deliver health services to private and public patients on behalf of the New South Wales Government.
The contract is the first of its kind in New South Wales.
Northern Beaches Hospital project director Deborah Latta said the hospital is focused on using the unique opportunity to provide the highest level of care to the people of Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
“I’m confident that this award will be the first of many as we’re focused on making this a world-class hospital with exceptional services, quality and care for public and private patients,” Ms Latta said.
The Northern Beaches Hospital is the first major investment in public health infrastructure on the Northern Beaches for decades.
Healthscope, one of Australia’s leading health care operators, was chosen to design, build and operate the facility because of its strong track record of providing exceptional care to local communities.
The new hospital will provide health services for both public and private patients. It is expected to reduce facility and service duplication in the area while improving clinical outcomes for patients.
The 488-bed facility will bring the total number of beds in the Northern Beaches Health Service to 554. The increase will be 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 Northern Beaches Hospital is scheduled to open its doors to the public in 2018.