NEW NORTHERN BEACHES HOSPITAL SITE VISIT

THE Northern Beaches Hospital project is three months ahead of schedule and will open to patients on October 30 next year.

The opening of the $600 million hospital in Frenchs Forest – which will cater for private and public patients.

At the moment the construction is three months ahead of schedule, while that is great news I want to caution that it’s a big job and things can go wrong, which could delay the opening. But so far, so good.

I’ve been representing Wakehurst constituents for 26 years and this is the most amazing outcome for the community I have seen or could hope for.

While there is still some way to go, the emergency and paediatrics departments have been built, along with 14 theatres, two cardiac cath laboratories with heart and artery diagnostic equipment and four procedure rooms for minor investigations such as endoscopies.

The 50-bed emergency department and 41-bed recovery area have power points ready for the medical equipment.

An attractive atrium, a centrepiece of the hospital, has been completed.

I am keen to reassure the public about the safety of the hospital’s exterior cladding following the London tower fire, after receiving numerous inquiries.

Healthscope, which is behind the project, said it would soon be looking at recruiting 1300 hospital staff.