NSLHD News December 19 2022

As the end of the year approaches and we look back, we should all feel very proud of what we have achieved. Just days ago, we celebrated the end of the construction of Australia’s first young adult hospice a place for 15 to 24 year olds with life-limiting illnesses which is based at the former Manly Hospital site. NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet, Local Member for Manly James Griffin and NSW Health Secretary Susan Pearce toured the new building ahead of the first patients arriving early next year. Members of the community were also there to celebrate with our staff and got to look inside the new building so everyone could see this impressive home-away-from-home that has been built for young people and their families. This is a great achievement for our district and will be so welcomed by young people and their families who deserve a warm, caring and relaxing environment while they undergo treatment or just need some time away together. There have been so many teams of staff who have made the opening a possibility. As we prepare to welcome our first AYAH patients in February next year, I would like to thank everyone who has worked tremendously hard to have the centre opened and ready in time. We have seen many events return this year, after a hiatus during COVID-19, and it has been wonderful to see the return of the usual end-of-year

festivities around the hospitals with departments, quite literally, decking the halls in the annual Christmas decoration competitions. Royal North Shore Hospital’s music festival has delighted patients and visitors to the hospital and I am pleased to hear so many staff enjoyed the end- of-year staff lunches our hospitals hosted. I feel very proud to be leading this district and I would like to thank everyone for showing me so much support while I have been in the Interim Chief Executive role. As we move into the holiday season, I hope as many of you as possible can take some time to unwind, rest and recharge, surrounded by loved ones. Thank you to those staff who will be working through the holidays to care for our patients, I hope you get some time to be with family and friends. Have a safe and happy festive season and an incredible start to 2023. I look forward to working with you in the New Year!

Lee Gregory I/Chief Executive Northern Sydney Local Health District



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