Jillian Skinner visits Byron Central Hospital work site
BYRON Central Hospital has reached "lock-up" stage, meaning the physical structure of the building is complete and it can now be fitted out internally.
The hospital is on track for completion by early next year, according to NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner.
Ms Skinner joined NSW Parliamentary Secretary for the North Coast at the Ewingsdale site today to announce the latest milestone.
Following a commissioning process, it is expected to be officially opened in June 2016.
The $88 million facility spread across 6ha will replace Mullumbimby and Byron Central hospitals when complete.
Services to be offered will include:
- 24-hour emergency attention
- 43 overnight inpatient beds
- Low-risk maternity services following the same model currently delivered at Mullumbimby
- A new 20-bed, non-acute mental health unit
- Enhanced X-ray and medical imaging
- Dental service, satellite chemotherapy, and ambulatory care
A model for providing day-only surgical and diagnostic procedures for both public and privately insured patients is also under investigation.