Health Minister Jillian Skinner (centre) recently toured the Tweed Hospital with Geoff Provest (left), Melinda Pavey (rear) and NSW Health staff.
Health Minister Jillian Skinner (centre) recently toured the Tweed Hospital with Geoff Provest (left), Melinda Pavey (rear) and NSW Health staff. Blainey Woodham

$500,000 for coastal hospital planning

A NEW central hospital for Byron Shire has taken another step forward with Health Minister Jillian Skinner announcing the allocation of $500,000 to undertake the next stage of planning for the Ewingsdale Rd facility.

The next stage is the development of a master plan and a business case, said Ms Skinner who is today touring the Northern Rivers.

A master plan will be undertaken for the Ewingsdale site and will examine issues including the site's topography and where other health buildings will be located to complement the services delivered by the future hospital, she said.

"Health Infrastructure will commence development of the master plan and business case for the new hospital in early 2013," she said.

Ballina State MP Don Page said The Northern NSW Local Health District Board had endorsed the Byron Shire Clinical Services Plan and had asked that the next stage of planning for the new hospital be sped up..

The Local Health District has previously said that it will be a 54-bed hospital, estimated to cost about $100 million.



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