Mr Retallick was full of praise for the new hospital which is built on the six hectare greenfield site at Ewingsdale.
“The hospital is just beautiful, and the staff are wonderful,” Mr Retallick said.
Executive Director of the Tweed Byron Health Services Group, Bernadette Loughnane said eight patients in total were moved across from Byron District and Mullumbimby District Hospitals this morning, with the first patient arriving at 8.30am.
Ms Loughnane said the establishment of the Move Day Command Centre by Byron Central Hospital staff at 7.30am enabled the staff to remain patient-focused.
“Since handover from the builders in late February the staff have diligently and conscientiously commissioned the building in preparation to receive our first patient today,” Ms Loughnane said.
“Consequently, this morning’s move ran incredibly smoothly. The Emergency Department (ED) received its first patient, a young child, at 8.38am with four patients received to ED by 9.30am.
“Our next major milestone will be the birth of our first baby at Byron Central Hospital, with no mother yet in labour, and the performance of our first CT scan.”
Ms Loughnane praised the professionalism and teamwork of all staff during today’s move and said she was looking forward to the Bangalow Community Health Centre move tomorrow.