Castle on the hill
Image credit: Northern Exposure Real Estate Photography.
Asked what the feeling was like in early March when the call came through that Delmar could finally open the doors of its brand-spanking-new $25 million wing, and hospital director Kerri Clare takes a breath, “Relief!”
“There was so much anticipation from the staff, construction team and patients. Every time I walked in the door someone would ask, ‘When are we opening, have we got any news?’, so that moment I was told we had our patient certificate, it was just pure relief.
“Then, when we took the patients from the old building into the new one, they were so happy. You couldn’t wipe the smiles from their faces.”
It’s no wonder. Ms Clare granted Peninsula Living a tour of the new wing, including the 70 luxury suites with ensuites – which are spacious and warm and bask in natural light.
Breathtaking views of the ocean can be enjoyed from many of the rooms too, thanks to Delmar’s Dee Why headland position.
Also included in the expansion are two well-equipped gyms and a hydrotherapy pool, a café and patient lounge, a commercial kitchen, five surgical theatres, new consulting rooms, and underground parking.
Now with double the number of inpatients, Delmar has brought leading local surgeon Dr Garett Smith on board, as well as an expert nursing team supported by Allied Health staff.
“We offer the same community feel, the same care we’ve got a reputation for – which is outstanding, just in a new environment that is really quite special,” continues Ms Clare.
“The view, the rooms, the facilities… This expansion greatly enhances the services provided by Delmar to our medical partners and the community.
“It is much needed for the Peninsula in light of a number of community hospital closures across Mona Vale and Manly.”
Ms Clare expects Delmar to become a “centre for bariatric excellence”, while continuing to specialise in post-surgery and rehabilitation programs, including orthopaedic and heart wellness sessions.