Healthcare across the Northern Rivers has received a major boost with the official opening of the $80.25 million third stage redevelopment of Lismore Hospital.
NSW Premier Mike Baird, Health Minister Jillian Skinner and Member for Lismore Thomas George joined Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley and Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan at today’s official ribbon cutting.
“We’re committed to improving health care across regional NSW and Lismore Base Hospital now offers the most contemporary health services in the region,” Mr Baird said.
“Our huge hospital building boom continues. We have committed $180 million to the next stage of the redevelopment – with major redevelopments already completed across regional NSW from Tamworth to Bega.”
Mrs Skinner said: “Lismore Base Hospital now has an emergency department that is a beacon for health care across the Northern Rivers and is more than three times the size of the previous one. And patients now have a modern Renal Unit, improved access to parking, as well as spacious treatment areas and light-filled rooms throughout.”
Stage 3A included enabling works for new pathology, temporary maternity, and mortuary services. It also included expanded medical imaging capacity and a new front entry. A new $9 million 270-space multi-storey car park has also been completed.
The redevelopment was jointly funded by the NSW Government ($20 million) and the Commonwealth ($60.25 million).
The NSW Government has committed $180 million to Stage 3B, which will deliver new operating theatres, Intensive Care Unit, a birthing unit and nursery, medical imaging services and wards.
Mr George said: “Our community has watched the hospital rise to great heights and the 12-storey south tower, which has a helipad, is now the tallest structure in Lismore.”