Health Minister Brad Hazzard
greeted patients as they arrived and congratulated the 100-strong team of staff
and volunteers for a smooth, safe transfer.
“This is a momentous occasion
for the people of the Northern Beaches who now have a world-class public
hospital right on their doorstep under the $600 million Northern Beaches Health
Services redevelopment,” Mr Hazzard said.
“When they were in Government,
Labor promised redevelopments at Tamworth, Dubbo, Parkes, Forbes, Bega, Wagga Wagga
and the Northern Beaches.
“Not one of those hospitals
was redeveloped under Labor. Not one. So I am extremely proud that the NSW
Liberals & Nationals have yet again, delivered what we promised.”
Mr Hazzard said about 74
patients will transfer from Manly Hospital to the new nine-storey facility
today, and another 74 will be transferred from Mona Vale Hospital tomorrow.
The first transfers began at
9.30am with patients from mental health, surgical and intensive care, as well
as new mums and babies, moved at four-minute intervals by ambulance or patient transport vehicle, depending
on their clinical condition.
The patients will be
transferred in a series of carefully timed ambulance departures to ensure
patient safety and continuity of care.
“Since January, nurses and
other staff have been practising the transfer of patients, with safety and
comfort the number one priority,” Mr Hazzard said.
“I want to thank all those
involved from Healthscope, the Northern Sydney Local Health District, NSW
Ambulance, HealthShare NSW Patient Transport Service, Transport for NSW and
Police. It has been a wonderful team effort.”
The 488-bed hospital will be officially opened