NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner and then Federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek pictured touring Lismore Base Hospital's emergency department in 2012 after announcing the hospital would get a new $80m ED, with $60m in Commonwealth funding and $20m from the State Government.
NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner and then Federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek pictured touring Lismore Base Hospital's emergency department in 2012 after announcing the hospital would get a new $80m ED, with $60m in Commonwealth funding and $20m from the State Government. Marc Stapelberg

Plans for redeveloping Lismore Base Hospital announced

LISMORE Base Hospital will have a new Emergency Department more than three times the size of the existing one by the end of 2016, the Northern NSW Local Health District Board and Executive announced at a community forum last night.

The stage 3a of the redevelopment of Lismore Base Hospital will also see relocated pathology, maternity and mortuary units; a new express care community clinic; improved medical imaging; a new renal dialysis unit; extended operating theatres; and a new emergency medical unit.

It will also deliver a new emergency ward of around 2400sq m, as opposed to the current 650sq m, project director Troy Harvey said last night.

Using a stacking process, with two levels also built under the ground floor, the new nine-level block will be constructed to the right of the main entrance, where the courtyard, pathology and mortuary are.

Stage 3a of the redevelopment is funded by $60.25 million from the Australian Government's Health and Hospitals Fund and $20 million from the NSW Government.

As the hospital redevelopment involves the expenditure of $80 million, this makes it the biggest capital works project ever undertaken in Lismore.

The team is also currently in planning talks for new parking infrastructure and is designing a new drop-off section and ambulance bay, Mr Harvey said.

The new pathology is estimated to be open in December, while the new renal unit and emergency department are set to be open in December 2015.

The whole of stage 3a is set to conclude in October 2016.



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