I am writing to share my experience of the decommissioning of Manly Hospital on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. The final decommissioning day was 30 October 2018. Manly Hospital’s closure was indeed an historic event.The hospital, located in the historic beachside suburb of Manly on the north eastern shores of beautiful Sydney Harbour, was commissioned in 1896 as a Cottage Hospital. It later transformed into an acute care district hospital with a capacity of 195 beds offering specialties including maternity, general surgery, outpatient oncology and mental health services. This modest district hospital has been acclaimed for its consistent achievement of emergency treatment performance targets as well as for offering a local feel of friendliness and familiarity characteristic of a small, close-knit community. For many longstanding staff, the hospital has significantly shaped both their professional and personal lives.
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