Lismore Base Hospital’s new tower hits a high note

Lismore Base Hospital’s new tower hits a high note
Health staff, community delegates, and construction workers today joined Member for Lismore, Thomas George, to celebrate the ‘topping out’ of the Lismore Base Hospital North Tower as the project reached its final height.

Northern NSW Local Health District Chief Executive, Wayne Jones, and senior health staff unveiled a shrub with Mr George to mark the completion of the final of eight new levels.

Mr Jones said the new facility will complement the already highly-regarded hospital.

“We already have top staff, and we will continue to attract the world’s best clinicians and medical staff,” Mr Jones said.

“Since the completion of the South Tower, we’ve seen an increase in elective surgery being referred here as this is regarded as a premier hospital, not just in this region but across the state.”

The North Tower Project began as a $180 million commitment by the NSW Government to a four-level building. In June 2017, the Government announced $52.5 million to construct an additional four levels, bringing the building to eight levels.

Left to Right: Wayne Jones, Lynne Weir, Thomas George, Austin Curtin, Ian Hatton, Kerrie Gray.

Local Member Thomas George said the $232.5 million third stage of the Lismore Base Hospital Redevelopment would enable the facility to meet the needs of the community into the future.

“The Lismore Base Hospital services our entire region. The new and upgraded facilities will make sure the health district can continue to cater for the Northern Rivers diverse and changing population for decades to come,” Mr George said.

“I want to commend the work of both the construction company John Holland and NSW Health Infrastructure for getting the project to this point, less than a year after the start of construction.”

When complete the North Tower will include:

  • new inpatient wards, including one medical and one surgical ward
  • a new intensive care unit and high dependency unit
  • new pharmacy
  • new imaging/radiology unit
  • new peri-operative unit
  • hospital administration facilities
  • additional plant facilities

Once the North Tower is finished in 2020, refurbishment works will commence on the existing hospital and will include new education, training, and research facilities as well as the consolidation of community health and ambulatory care services.

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