Lismore Base Hospital’s new North Tower has been completed ahead of schedule, marking a major milestone in the $322 million Stage 3 redevelopment project.

Parliamentary Secretary for Health, the Hon Natasha Maclaren-Jones MLC inspected the eight-storey building today, ahead of it being handed over to the Northern NSW Local Health District.

“The construction company John Holland and Health Infrastructure have done a fantastic job completing the project two months ahead of schedule,” Mrs Maclaren-Jones said.

“The early hand-over gives hospital management and staff greater opportunity to familiarise themselves with the new building and carry out the necessary preparations before it opens to the public via a staged process beginning in February next year.”

Construction of the North Tower commenced in May 2018, with an average of 115 people working on the site each day, amounting to more than 305,000 workforce hours.

“Construction of the North Tower has generated 745 jobs on site, which have been a wonderful boost for the local economy,” Mrs Maclaren-Jones said.

Between May 2018 and September 2019, 745 workers were employed including 61 apprentices, 162 workers who participated in structured training or upskilling, 17 Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander workers, and 19 women working in trade roles.

North Tower, to be known as F Block, will include two inpatient wards (one medical and one surgical), an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), pharmacy, imaging, day surgery and endoscopy units, hospital administration facilities, security office, and admissions department.

The $322 million redevelopment project is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2021.

The NSW Government has invested more than $10 billion since 2011 to build, upgrade and redevelop hospitals and health facilities across NSW. An additional $10.1 billion is being invested over the next four years to continue current projects and start upgrading or building a further 29 hospitals and health facilities.

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