“In order to meet the growing demand for day surgery, the Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSW LHD) Board approved the expansion of the Theatre Day Surgery at Lismore Base Hospital,” Mr George said.
“This is good news for the Northern Rivers community. It allows the Lismore Base Hospital to cater for more patients who are waiting to have their Day Surgery and to reduce the waiting times for patients,” Mr George added.
Mr Chris Crawford, NNSW LHD Chief Executive said this decision has also facilitated the return of Ophthalmology services to the Lismore Base Hospital, so allowing local residents to have their eye surgery at their local Public Hospital.
“The construction of the new Endoscopy Unit at the rear of the Medical Imaging Department of the Hospital presented an opportunity for expanding the Recovery area with extra floor space to provide more beds,” Mr Crawford said.
This expansion has afforded the Operating Theatre Day Surgery area to increase from six beds to a larger ten 10 bed area and the Recovery area now has 13 new Recovery Chairs and a new Staff Station.
Mr George said, “The Day Surgery Operating Theatre area was constructed as an extension of the existing Operating Theatre floor, which is located over the Medical Imaging Department on the floor below. The new Recovery area will be shared with the new Endoscopy Unit that is currently under construction in an adjoining area.
“As well as this development, the Operating Theatre Staff Lounge and Doctors write-up area were increased to double their previous size. Also a new Kitchenette was developed. In addition, extra Staff have been employed to assist in the overall function of the expanded services,” Mr Crawford said.
The design of this new area was undertaken by Health Projects International (HPI) and the construction was undertaken by Woollam Constructions