It clearly gives no consideration to the current population growth which will soon see the hospital bursting at the seams.”
– Dr Adam Rehak, Chair, RNSH Medical Staff Council (MSC) & anaesthetist, Department of Anaesthesia & Pain Management, RNSH
“We provide specialist services in spinal injuries & burns for the whole of NSW & tertiary referral services to about 1 in 17 of the AUS population.
It just makes no sense at all to further divest any more land because we’re already one of the smallest tertiary area hospitals in the State & our workload is only going to increase with further trauma, spinal injuries & burns with our increasingly ageing population.”
– Dr Tony Joseph, Director of Trauma, RNSH & Senior Staff Specialist, RNSH Emergency Department
“Royal North Shore Hospital is a great hospital with a long history of community involvement. One has to only look at the long list of benefactors who are honoured on the walls inside the Vanderfield Building, built in 1902, to see the effort invested by the community in purchasing adequate land for the hospital, allowing for expansion in size as required, well into the future. Our forbears had such foresight.
The community that is served by this hospital continues to grow in size and age. Therefore, the demand on medical services is only going to increase with time. The hospital in its current format is already working at capacity. Therefore, plans for growth into the future must be included for this hospital to function over the next 30+ years.
The sale of the existing hospital land will significantly reduce our ability for future expansion. I therefore ask the State Government to show the leadership of our forebears and plan not only for today, but also for well into the future.”
– Dr Bruce Cooper, Senior Staff Specialist in Nephrology and Hypertension, Head, Department of Renal Medicine, RNSH
“What cannot be reversed is the sale or divestment of valuable land. Land, which is not just valuable in terms of economics, but also valuable in terms of patient health and wellbeing.
Already in 1990, the beautiful land down on the highway was unfortunately sold by previous NSW Governments. It would have been ideal for the present redevelopment.
To do this again is very short sighted and reflects a lack of insight into the future needs of a tertiary hospital in a growing population.
The present proposal to create an even smaller campus at RNSH to accommodate the Ministry of Health is unacceptable. This will further reduce available green space and the recreational area for patients, staff and relatives.”
– Dr John Vandervord, Clinical Director of Surgery & Anaesthesia, RNSH & Clinical Director of Surgery, North Shore Local Health District
“I have a daughter and I have a responsibility to her. The proposed land divestment affects her generation most. The lifetime of a newly developed hospital is limited. This current new building will not be adequate in 30-to-40 years. If we divest land, there will be no room for a rebuild or expansion. Can I really face my daughter and say I did nothing?
As Shakespeare says:
I would give a thousand furlongs of sea for an acre of barren ground.”
Let’s keep our land for the future.”
– Dr Stella McGinn, Director of Renal Transplantation, RNSH
On a personal level, Dr Justin Bowra has been a medical student and junior doctor at RNSH, his sister was born at the hospital, and his nephews have regularly attended the hospital with sports injuries (as teenage boys do). He met his wife, Dr Stella McGinn (Renal specialist) at Royal North Shore Hospital and his daughter was born there in 2007.
He appreciates that RNSH and its land are assets that should be preserved, not sold off or ‘divested’ to the highest bidder.
– Dr Justin Bowra, Emergency Physician, RNSH
“I was born at RNSH. My daughter, Ellie (now 16 months old) was born at RNSH. My parents have received extensive care from the hospital over the past 20 years. My grandfather even worked here on the boom-gate and as the hospital brick-layer!
My dad & I marched on NSW Parliament in 2011 to help save RNSH. Dad passed away in ICU at RNSH in January this year.
This is about planning for generations to come.
It’s only bad management that sells assets. This is a valuable asset & we’re planning to fail the next generation by selling this land now.”
– Marnie Green, RNSH patient
“It’s time the government took accommodation and hospital services seriously as patients cannot manage their health if there is no affordable roof over their head.
“The government took the issue very seriously when they were in opposition. But now that they’re in government, they are doing the reverse.
“It is not only essential that accommodation is provided but that it is provided on a level playing field with no means testing, allowing equitable access for all patients.”
– Dr Linda Samera, 41, GP, RNSH patient & lobbyist for rural patient accommodation at tertiary referral hospitals
Peter, 42, a farmer from Willow Tree in the Upper Hunter region, NSW, has been a patient in the Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) burns unit for the last two weeks.
Following a shooting accident on his farm, Peter was transferred to RNSH after being stabilised at Tamworth Hospital to undertake intricate surgery. Within days, Peter had three operations and is currently undergoing rehabilitation.
“The RNSH staff are magnificent. They go above and beyond to make me feel comfortable.
They deserve to be able to keep providing for their patients without any impediments.”
– Peter, 42, RNSH patient, Burns Unit, recovering from a gunshot wound to the leg
“RNSH staff are exceptional and a cut above the rest in professionalism and the way they compose themselves. They’ve got their job cut out for them in the burns unit because every day is a horror story.
“The RNSH is an invaluable and life-saving asset to our community. There are only two burns units specifically for adults in Sydney, at RNSH and Concord Hospitals, and they need to be adequately supported by on-site services for patients and family members.
“While I understand the government has to make tough decisions, sometimes these decisions seem to be at the patients’ expense. The hospital is over-crowded and the government desperately needs to address this issue rather than selling-off or leasing land.”
– Frank Spiteri, 51, former RNSH Burns Unit patient
Mr Jim Sanderson is running as an Independent Candidate for Lane Cove for the 2015 NSW Election. His policies focus on looking after the interests of communities. He believes the sale or long-term lease of RNSH land would hamper future healthcare development.
“I am extremely concerned about any divestment of RNSH land.
“This is a short-sighted move and once lost, this land will be irretrievable for hospital use.”
– Jim Sanderson, Independent Candidate, Lane Cove
“The State Government needs to pay immediate attention to the voices of patients, staff and community members to ensure the life-saving work at RNSH continues for future generations.”
– Joy Stephen, President of the RNSH Ladies Committee (Pink Ladies)
“I am signing this petition because, RNSH is my local hospital, and because I worked there for over 20 years before I retired. I have watched it grow, and serve a growing community of all ages. The land surrounding it was not planned for commercial use, but to be used for the good of the local population. This should not be changed without their express permission.”
“Any sale of public land at RNS should only be down to directly benefit the hospital, our doctors and nurses are the lifeblood of our community. We should not be selling anything without their full support and for this to be helping educate the next generation of doctors/nurses.”
“I believe that Royal North Shore needs all the land left as it is. Thus directly benefiting th Hospital and the local community. There needs to be strict limitations on any commercial development. Only such that benefits the hospital should be considered. ”
“Sydney is only growing bigger and bigger and our population growth is not slowing down. We need to have this land available for future hospital developments. Once the land is gone, it’s gone forever. ”
“I have worked at RNS for 40 years and I am proud of the wonderful reputation of this major teaching hospital and the place it has in our community. The integrity of the site needs to be protected for current needs and for generations to come.”