Member for Lismore, the Hon Thomas George, laid a ceremonial brick and paid tribute to the community members, auxiliary and health organisation staff who have worked together to deliver this great project.
“Today is a marvellous day for the Bonalbo and surrounding communities as the completion of the roof, structural framing, and internal framework marks a significant milestone for the project,” Mr George said.
“The new MPS in Bonalbo will replace the existing hospital and outdated community health building with a modern, integrated health facility that will service the needs of region long into the future.”
Stage 1, comprising 15 residential aged care beds, a 24-hour emergency department, inpatient beds and consultations rooms, is due for completion by the end of the year.
Stage 2, comprising ‘back of house’ staff facilities, kitchen, and staff accommodation is due for completion in mid-2018.
The MPS model tailors healthcare needs for the local community by integrating health, aged care services, and emergency services, to provide flexible health service delivery – from primary health care to acute and residential aged care.
Image, L-R: John Tart, Bonalbo Project Control Group and Save Our Services (SOS) committee member; Cr John Burley, Kyogle Shire Council Deputy Mayor; Wayne Jones, Northern NSW LHD Chief Executive; Lynne Weir, General Manager Richmond Clarence Health Service Group; Nancy Martin, Executive Officer/ Director of Nursing MPS Network; and Narelle Gotting, Save Our Services (SOS) and Bonalbo United Hospital Auxiliary.