LISMORE MP Janelle Saffin, who as Federal Member for Page secured $60.25 million in Commonwealth funding as a catalyst for the $320-million Lismore Base Hospital redevelopment, says she’s pleased the project is entering its final stage.
Ms Saffin thanked the NSW Government and Northern NSW Local Health District for funding and managing this complex health infrastructure project over many years, and ultimately, it was local patients who benefitted from more modern facilities.
Ms Saffin said she was proud to have a long association with Lismore Base, serving on its Board for many years, and later, to have also secured substantial funding for the Lismore Cancer Care and Haematology Unit and Our House accommodation.
“That original $60.25 million helped deliver a new Emergency Department and Renal Unit for the hospital (opened in 2016), and since then we have seen the South Tower completed in mid-2018, including women’s care, paediatrics, surgical services and inpatient units,” Ms Saffin said.
The North Tower was completed in December 2019, comprising of inpatient wards, medical imaging, critical care, pathology and admissions.
Ms Saffin said she welcomed the NSW Government awarding a tender to Hansen Yuncken to refurbish C block and the hospital’s front entry, this final stage expected to be finished by early 2022.
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Ms Saffin also welcomed confirmation the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into health outcomes and access to health and hospital services in rural, regional and remote New South Wales will hold a hearing in Lismore on Wednesday, 16 June this year.
“I lobbied hard for this inquiry to visit our Electorate of Lismore to hear firsthand from local people their experiences with the health system and their ideas for improving patient care,” Ms Saffin said.
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Thursday, 4 March 2021.