Lismore MP Thomas George, Dr Paul Fischer and Northern NSW Local Health District acting capital works manager Bob Miller discuss the new plans with Abby Evans.
Lismore MP Thomas George, Dr Paul Fischer and Northern NSW Local Health District acting capital works manager Bob Miller discuss the new plans with Abby Evans. Blainey Woodham

$1m hospital upgrade for Murwillumbah

MURWILLUMBAH Hospital's emergency department is expected to be one of the best in the state after a $1 million expansion was announced.

"The NSW Government will spend $1 million to enhance the Murwillumbah Hospital emergency department," Lismore MP Thomas George said.

"This upgrade of the emergency department will make it one of the best performing in NSW."

The expansion will see another seven beds added to the emergency department, which currently houses five.

The hospital's emergency department physician Dr Paul Fischer said the upgrade had been needed for at least 15 years.

"Often we don't have anywhere to put our patients," Dr Fischer said.

"There are just not enough beds."

The floor space will be increased by 40% and it will house a new nurse station, which will have a full view of all of the patient beds, a safety feature Northern NSW Local Health District acting capital works manager Bob Miller said was essential.

"The visibility will be improved and the safety of staff and patients will be enhanced," he said.

It also aims to help make the layout of the department more functional.

The expansion will include clean and dirty utility rooms, resuscitation area and treatment bays.

Dr Fischer said a lot more procedures were performed in the emergency department in comparison to when the hospital was first built.

He is excited for the expansion and said it would greatly improve the hospital for the community.

Enabling works costing $145,000 have already been completed to relocate some Allied Health Staff to neighbouring Cleatus Cottage.

The construction, which begins Monday, will be carried out around the current emergency department with minimal disruption to patients.

Contracted project manager Jason Darmanin said the expansion was expected to be completed by October.

The announcement was made by Mr George on Thursday.

 

The Plan

  • A new nurse station, clean and dirty utility rooms, resuscitation area and treatment bays.
  • An improved functional layout and workflow.
  • Improved visual observation to the patient treatment bays.
  • Improved patient and staff security.

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