July 6 - 12, 2014: Issue 170
New Short-Stay Unit For Mona Vale Hospital Opened
Pictured are Rob Stokes with Director of Nursing and Midwifery Jacqui Edgley and Hospital General Manager Frank Bazik.
New Short-Stay Unit For Mona Vale Hospital - 4 July 2014
Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes today welcomed the official opening of Mona Vale Hospital’s $1.8 million short-stay unit. The new 10-bed unit is adjacent to the emergency department and is designed to relieve pressure on the emergency department and reduce unnecessary admissions.
Construction was funded by the Federal Government. The NSW Government will fund the operation of the unit.
“The short-stay unit is designed for patients who present to the emergency department but do not need urgent emergency care,” Rob Stokes said.
“They can be moved into a bed for monitoring for an extended period, allowing emergency department staff to focus on patients who need the most urgent attention.
“Demand on the emergency department usually peaks during winter so I am delighted this unit is completed and will open to the public from Monday.”
Mr Stokes said the short-stay unit is another important step in the ongoing modernisation of Mona Vale Hospital.
“In May, I was proud to celebrate the opening of the hospital’s 26-bed Beachside Rehabilitation Unit,” Mr Stokes said.
“The hydrotherapy pool building, helicopter facility and palliative care unit have been upgraded.
“The next major infrastructure project on the campus will be the construction of a new multi-storey community health building.
“The NSW Government is proud to be partnering with the Federal Coalition Government to build and operate these much needed facilities.” Rob Stokes said.