The HLS has been constructed as part of the $80.25 million Stage 3A redevelopment of the LBH, with the new Emergency Department and Renal Unit officially opened by NSW Premier Mike Baird, NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner, and Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley last Friday, 18 November, 2016.
“The new 12-storey south tower of LBH, which includes the new HLS on top, is now the highest structure in Lismore,” Lynne Weir, the Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSW LHD) Executive Director Richmond Clarence Health Services Group, said.
“The HLS has undergone extensive testing, including complete patient arrival simulations conducted to ensure once the HLS is operational, every possible scenario has been explored and managed.”
Ms Weir said the new HLS was 25 metres in diameter and had undergone significant planning and design to ensure strict aviation authority standards were achieved in the final construction.
Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service General Manager Kris Beavis said the HLS would commenced operations at 8am this morning (Wednesday 23 November 2016) noting this development was consistent with the continuing evolution of aeromedical infrastructure in Northern NSW.
“Our operations staff have been actively involved in testing and are ready to utilise the Lismore Base Hospital helipad as part of their mission profile,” Mr Beavis said.