Emergency services at the Lismore Base Hospital where scaffolding collapsed during a storm. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Emergency services at the Lismore Base Hospital where scaffolding collapsed during a storm. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

Uralba St Lismore reopened following hospital storm damage

LISMORE'S Uralba St reopened to traffic last night after being closed to the public since Lismore Base Hospital was damaged in a severe storm late last month.

Just after 4pm on November 29, a supercell storm hit Lismore packing high winds, heavy rain, lightning and hail.

Executive Director of the Richmond Clarence Health Service Group, Lynne Weir, said scaffolding attached to the redevelopment of the hospital collapsed onto the obstetric area of the hospital.

"Nineteen people were inside at the time, five mothers and their babies, two staff and seven visitors," she said.

An exclusion zone was set up to ensure there was no further risk to patients, staff or the public and a full investigation was conducted.

Uralba St was closed and traffic was forced to detour around the site.

Yesterday afternoon a Health Infrastructure spokesman said make safe work had been completed and the exclusion zones would be removed last night.

"Work on the hospital redevelopment will resume on site from tomorrow," the spokesman said.



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