First patients arrive at Northern Beaches Hospital

 

Source: Manly Daily

Jana Waage, 37, kisses husband Ryan Waage holding newborn baby Adam as they prepare for transfer at Manly Hospital at Manly on Tuesday October 30th. Jana and her newborn son Adam, the last baby born at Manly Hospital, were the first patient to be transferred to the new Northern Beaches Hospital from Manly Hospital. Picture: Troy Snook.

Jana Waage, 37, kisses husband Ryan Waage holding newborn baby Adam as they prepare for transfer at Manly Hospital at Manly on Tuesday October 30th. Jana and her newborn son Adam, the last baby born at Manly Hospital, were the first patient to be transferred to the new Northern Beaches Hospital from Manly Hospital. Picture: Troy Snook.


First patients arrive at Northern Beaches Hospital

THE NEW Northern Beaches Hospital opened this morning at 7am with the first emergency patient arriving by ambulance just 10 minutes later.

Janice Butcher, 76, of Wheeler Heights, said she suspected she might be the first one through the doors when she woke with leg pain, later found to be caused by sepsis, during the night.

She was greeted by a round of applause by emergency staff when she arrived.

“The treatment has been wonderful,” she said.

“I had 10 doctors and nurses looking after me,”

Jana Waage, 37, is prepared for transfer while midwife Jacky Evans holds Jana's newborn son Adam at Manly Hospital at Manly on Tuesday October 30. Jana and her newborn son Adam, the last baby born at Manly Hospital, were the first patient to be transferred to the new Northern Beaches Hospital from Manly Hospital. Picture: troy Snook.

Her great niece Madeleine Finch, 25, of Collaroy Plateau, followed Ms Butcher to the hospital in her car and said she seemed to be in good hands.

A man from Warriewood who arrived by himself was actually the first patient to be seen after arriving at 6.40am.

Meanwhile, the first patient to transfer from Manly Hospital, which is closing today, was mum Jana Waage and her newborn Adam. Born yesterday weighing 3.22kg, little Adam, behaved beautifully as he arrived at Northern Beaches Hospital just after 10am.

Midwife Jacky Evans helps prepare newborn Adam Waage for transfer at Manly Hospital at Manly on Tuesday October 30th. Jana Waage and her newborn son Adam, the last baby born at Manly Hospital, were the first patients to be transferred to the new Northern Beaches Hospital from Manly Hospital. Picture: Troy Snook.

Mrs Waage from Manly Vale said the new hospital looked amazing.

Another first was Patricia Nettleton, of Frenchs Forest.

the 79-year-old had been scheduled for an MRI on her foot at Royal North Shore but decided to wait a few extra days, so she could have it at the new hospital. As it is Medicare eligible it meant the scan was free.

She said she was just 10 minutes, or three bus stops, from the hospital.

“I just think having a hospital so close is wonderful,” she said.

“When we moved here in 1962 we were told there would be a hospital built here soon — it didn’t take long did it?”

After arriving safe and well at Northern Beaches Hospital. Ryan and Jana Waage with new baby Adam were the first patients transferred to the new hospital which opened today. Picture: Adam Yip.

Around 65 patients are being transferred from Manly Hospital to the new hospital today, the first left a little later than planned at 9.50am.

There were some delays on the Wakehurst Parkway between Seaforth and Frenchs Forest after a road construction truck crashed into a water filled construction barrier near the intersection with Warringah Rd about 8.30am.

Road workers were forced to close off two lanes — one heading north and one heading south — to reposition the barrier.

Manly Hospital will close today.

Patients from Mona Vale Hospital will be transferred tomorrow.

Andy Ratchford and Jo Watts out the front of the Emergency department of the new Northern Beaches Hospital which opened today. Picture: Adam Yip.

Mona Vale’s Emergency Department has been replaced with a 24-hour urgent care centre for minor illnesses and injuries.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said he was incredibly proud of the new hospital, but woke today thinking of Manly Hospital.

“Everyone in my family has been in that hospital,” he said.

“My mum passed away at Manly and I know many of the are staff who are personal friends.

“But wow, this is our new hospital. It’s amazing.”


 

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