THE final stages of Mona Vale Hospital's redevelopment are underway as part of the NSW Government's $619 million upgrade of northern beaches health facilities.
Earlier this year the main hospital building was demolished and now landscaping works are underway.
"Currently the hospital's grounds are being prepared for landscaping to enhance the surroundings and amenity of the site for patients, their carers and staff," a Northern Sydney Local Health District spokesman said.
Despite decades' long calls from the community to save the hospital, the site was downgraded to a 24/7 urgent care centre in 2018 when the Northern Beaches Hospital opened.
Save Mona Vale Hospital group members Parry Thomas and Mark Horton fought for years to save the site, and said with a growing population in the northern part of the LGA a hospital would again be needed in the future.
"The northern beaches will need another acute hospital," Mr Thomas said.
The northern beaches will need another acute hospital.Parry Thomas
Mr Thomas said the LHD's original plans included a village green where the main hospital building stood, and this would allow for a future hospital if needed. The LHD declined to comment on this.
Mr Horton accused health authorities of a lack of transparency on the site's future, and said this fueled fears in the community that it could be sold off.
"They're not talking about it and we're worried they're not talking about it," he said.
The LHD spokesman and Pittwater MP Rob Stokes said there were no plans to sell off any part of the land.
Mr Stokes said there are "opportunities to see additional health services, introduced", he did not provide details of what was to come.
Instead, he said $90 million has been spent on new infrastructure at the site since 2011, including a new: inpatient rehabilitation and palliative care units, geriatric unit, community heat services building, drug and alcohol rehab unit, and urgent care centre, along with upgrades to existing services.
"What we've been able to do in recent years is secure the Mona Vale Hospital campus and ensure it has a permanent future," Mr Stokes said.
"More than 350 hospital staff are employed at Mona Vale Hospital, and together with the major Northern Beaches Hospital we now have a level of medical services never previously available on the northern beaches."
Mr Thomas and Mr Horton said the main hospital building should have been repurposed rather than demolished, and called for the government to reveal the demolition cost. Mr Stokes did not provide this figure, but said demolishing the block was more difficult that anticipated due to the large amount of asbestos.
Mona Vale Hospital services
These new services complement the many other services available at the 76-bed hospital which include:
- 24/7 Urgent Care Centre
- 56-bed inpatient rehabilitation and assessment
- 10-bed inpatient and outpatient palliative care
- 10-bed inpatient geriatric evaluation and management
- 4-chair dental clinic
- Radiology, pathology and pharmacy
- Paediatric occupational therapy
- Paediatric speech pathology
- Paediatric physiotherapy
- Community adult, youth and child mental health
- Adult musculoskeletal physiotherapy
- Acute post-acute care
- Podiatry clinic
- Diabetes clinic
- Community drug and alcohol services
- Early childhood services
- Community nursing service
- Chronic disease community rehabilitation services
- Carer support services
- Community aged care/rehabilitation service
- Continence service
- Outreach maternity antenatal clinic
- Cardiac rehabilitation
- Ambulance station
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