IT BEGINS: Northern NSW Local Health District Board deputy chair Malcom Marshall, Member for Lismore Thomas George and Federal Member for Page Janelle Saffin turn the first sod marking beginning of works for Lismore Base hospital.
IT BEGINS: Northern NSW Local Health District Board deputy chair Malcom Marshall, Member for Lismore Thomas George and Federal Member for Page Janelle Saffin turn the first sod marking beginning of works for Lismore Base hospital. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

First sod turned on new Lismore Base emergency department

THE first shovel full of soil was moved in Stage 3A of the Lismore Base Hospital redevelopment yesterday afternoon, marking the beginning of the $80.25 million project.

The official sod-turning was undertaken by Page MP Janelle Saffin, Lismore MP Thomas George, and deputy chair of Northern NSW Local Health District Malcolm Marshall, each voicing their happiness with the occasion as they together scooped the shovel.

Ms Saffin said it was thanks to the hard work of all those behind the project that it was finally underway.

Mr Thomas said it was great to see the fruition of the joint effort with both the state and federal government.

"The development of these new units will significantly enhance services for our community," Mr Thomas said.

NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner also said she welcomed the commencement of early works which she said have been long awaited.

"Today marks a real milestone in the upgrade of this hospital and it is wonderful to see work progressing on this much-needed redevelopment," Mrs Skinner said.

Announced in April, Stage 3a of the redevelopment of Lismore Base Hospital is set to 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 and ward.

The first part of the redevelopment will see the new pathology unit built and relocated too. Then the old pathology building will be demolished and the new emergency department and renal unit built on the demolished site.

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



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