Save our facilities at Mona Vale Hospital before it's too late!
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As the Youth Parliament representative for the state electorate of Pittwater, I am presenting this petition to the YMCA NSW Youth Parliament. I see this as one of the Northern Beaches top priorities, this issue cannot be left unheard!
Under the much needed Northern Beaches Health Service Redevelopment, the Northern Beaches of Sydney will be receiving a significant upgrade to its health services including the building of the new Northern Beaches Hospital, Australia's largest hospital project.
However, this all comes at a consequence which is the future of the Mona Vale Hospital.
The NSW Government has outlined their plan to reconfigure the Mona Vale Hospital including new community health facilities, rehabilitation, new Urgent Care centre etc. Nevertheless, there is NO mention whatsoever of an operating theatre or surgical facilities. These are essential components of a viable hospital. The Northern Beaches cannot risk a health system without these essential facilities within close reach.
As the residents of the Northern Beaches all know too well, the Wakehurst Parkway get's flooded, traffic can build up and it can be unsafe in adverse weather conditions. We cannot risk not having access to essential medical facilities at the Northern Beaches Hospital if the Wakehurst Parkway is flooded preventing an ambulance from getting through!
The need for close-by, essential emergency facilities is imperative, especially for the already isolated residents far-north of the peninsula (i.e Palm Beach). Under the current proposal, emergencies that require immediate surgery from a place like Palm Beach would not be adequately be served by the new hospital alone.
Mona Vale must stay open with essential surgical facilities so patients can be stabilised and lives can be saved. Then patients can be transferred to a larger hospital such as the new Northern Beaches Hospital where there are newer, bigger, more adequate services and facilities.
I call on the NSW Government to maintain these essential facilities at Mona Vale Hospital.
We are talking about saving lives.
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