Patients' high praise for hospital
THREE months ago, Elizabeth Gooley couldn't walk and she struggled to get out of bed.
With a long history of illness, including polio as a child, the Skennars Head resident decided to get help, so she checked in to the new Lismore Private Hospital.
“I spent two months in the hospital and I've been home for two weeks now,” she said.
“Thanks to all the staff, I can now walk again. I feel fantastic.
“It's so good to be normal again - I am eternally grateful to this hospital.”
Although the hospital has only been open to patients since February, Mrs Gooley is one of the many success stories.
The 66-bed medical and rehabilitation hospital in McKenzie Street was built by Owen Ferguson Health at a cost of more than $12 million.
There are plans to showcase the facilities with an open day next month.
Another former patient, Alva Ramsey, of Ballina, said she 'couldn't speak highly enough' of her treatment.
“It's very friendly - it's just like living at home,” she said.
“We would play cards in the afternoon and you really had the chance to get to know people.”
And Mrs Gooley agreed: “The nurses are very patient with people who are not functioning very well.
“I just wanted to be able to go home and walk from A to B,” she said.
“Now I can hop up out of bed. I've got my independence back.”
Staff from the hospital involve patients' families in the rehabilitation process to ensure a smooth transition back to home life.