CALLING ALL MUSOS AND SONGBIRDS Now’s the time to roll up, roll up for Royal North Shore’s 2019 Festival of Music, which will be held in the RNSH main foyer from December 9-13.
world,” she said. Susan said the festival had its genesis in 2015 when medical service director Dr Philip Hoyle and now RNSH general manager Alison Zecchin burst into song in the foyer. “Philip Hoyle and Alison Zecchin sang several Christmas carols in the foyer and it was a huge hit,” Susan said. “That got me thinking and by the next December we had turned it into an event, with many staff contributing. “Our first event in 2016
showcased the ED with its staff performing comedy, music and songs. The crowds loved them.” Since then, the event has grown, flushing out some very talented staff who have been joined by an Opera Australia singer (for some high notes) and some members of the Brandenburg Orchestra. “Patients and staff particularly enjoy seeing staff in a different light, and this is a really nice way to lead into the festive season,” Susan said. “Please don’t be shy – if you’re keen to participate, we’re keen to have you.”
If you fancy bringing some festive cheer to your colleagues, patients and visitors you can sign up for the hospital choir, or perform a brief revue or musical piece. Music co-ordinator Susan Day (0418 213 212) would love to hear from you, especially if you can present a musical piece from
another part of the world. “As we are a multicultural
workforce we would love to hear musical pieces from around the
Local MP Rob Stokes dropped by to see the new kiosk and meet with the Mona Vale hospital Auxiliary staff
Transformation of the Mona Vale Hospital site continues The transformation of the Mona Vale Hospital site continues to progress well with demolition starting on the former nurses accommodation to make way for the new permanent ambulance station. to eight ambulance vehicles, administration, office areas and amenities, on site staff parking, a logistics and storage area and a dedicated, fit-for-purpose medication room to store and access restricted medications. operating next to the Urgent Care Centre providing hot and cold drinks, food and amenities for hospital patients, visitors and staff.
General Manager Jacqui Edgley said it was wonderful to see the transformation of the hospital campus begin to take shape. “The old main building and other outlying buildings sadly have come to the end of their useful life and from a safety perspective they need to come down,” she said. “The local community share my deep affection for Mona Vale Hospital and I am looking forward to being a part of the hospital’s transformation. “I am looking forward to seeing the construction work on the new ambulance station and the progress on the new 10-bed palliative care unit and 10-bed geriatric evaluation management unit.” WWW.NSLHD.HEALTH.NSW.GOV.AU 9
Licensed specialists are busy working to safely remove material containing asbestos from the old building. The new ambulance station will include parking bays for up
Construction on the new ambulance station is expected to begin in early 2020. The hospital’s kiosk operated by the Auxiliary has also recently been relocated and is now
Demolition works underway at Mona Vale Hospital
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