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 currently in the commissioning phase ahead of an anticipated opening in August 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 will become operational when the new ED opens, so Tuesday’s testing is a vital milestone in its completion.”
Ms Weir said the new HLS, being 25 metres in diameter, had undergone significant planning and design to ensure strict aviation authority standards were achieved in the final construction, with Tuesday’s test landings only one of many tests that would occur before the HLS was given final clearance to go into operation.
The HLS testing will be held throughout the day on Tuesday, with the helicopter crew landing and taking off during the day and again after dark to determine all systems are operational for the new HLS.