The latest from Hornsby Hospital…

Matt Kean MP with Hornsby Hospital nurses Pollyanna Stephenson, Donna Lowe, Louise Robinson and Sheri Wearn
Matt Kean MP with Hornsby Hospital nurses Pollyanna Stephenson, Donna Lowe, Louise Robinson and Sheri Wearn

I was pleased to join Asquith Public School student Ben Hunt and Principal Megan Gibbons to unveil the new name for the crane towering over the Stage 2 Redevelopment at Hornsby Hospital. Ben was the winner of the ‘Name The Crane’ competition which saw hundreds of entries of local school students.

The tower crane measures 52 metres high, 75 metres wide and is capable of lifting 12 tonnes plays an important role in the construction of the new Clinical Services Building.

Ben picked the name Cranium as it is the bone that provides shelter for your brain and protects the best medical minds working at our hospital.

Ben took home an iPad for himself and $1000 for his school Asquith Public School, thanks to construction company WATPAC.

The $200 million Stage 2 Redevelopment will deliver a new facility that includes a refurbished and expanded Emergency Department and a new multi-storey Clinical Services Building.

Virtual Mentoring Program

I am pleased to announce Hornsby Hospital has been selected to participate in a virtual mentoring program for young people being treated in hospital for mental illness.

Mental health teams at Hornsby Hospital’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit will work with youth mental health organisation Batyr to deliver the program.

The program will allow young patients to see and hear stories of recovery while staying at the hospital to positively impact their recovery.

The trial will see young mental health patients access carefully curated stories of personal experience, on an iPad or computer, shared firsthand by people who know what it’s like to be cared for in hospital for mental health reasons.

The NSW Government has invested $50,000 to support the ‘Being Herd Digital Peer Support Pilot’, which has already begun and will be completed in January. Playtime for Hornsby Hospital Hospital stays for sick kids will become a little less stressful with funding for a new and improved play area. This is part of a NSW State Government initiative to make hospital stays easier on the younger patients.

The Hospital environment plays an important role in the wellbeing of children and their families. We want to support families, especially in times of need and we hope this investment will help brighten the days of sick children and their families/

Hornsby will receive $250,000 as one of eight NSW hospitals to share the $2 million NSW Government funding.

Mural for Bungee Bidgel

Aboriginal Health Clinic Bungee Bidgel has had a make-over with a beautiful mural painted by Aboriginal artist Jessica Johnson.

Jessica designed the mural which was painted by both patients and members of the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community during NAIDOC week.

Bungee Bidgel is a Northern Sydney Local Health District initiative and is the first Aboriginal Health Clinic in the local health district. The name Bungee Bidgel means “I’m Better” in two Aboriginal languages local to this area and first opened in October 2014.

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