Regarding recent coverage of the new $88-million Byron Central Hospital, we wish to advise the community that it is the end of construction, not the opening of the hospital, that is scheduled for next March.
A commissioning phase of 6-8 weeks will follow the completion of works, with the hospital due to become operational by the end of June 2016.
By this time the acute care and community health services presently operating in Mullumbimby and Byron Bay will be consolidated in the purpose-built facility, which provides an expanded range of higher-level services, including CT scanning.
In addition, there will be 195 on-site parking bays, 28 bicycle spaces, and 16 motorcycle spaces.
Roadworks commencing soon on Ewingsdale Road west of the site (towards the Tweed motorway) will include a roundabout enabling access to the main hospital entrance, and a dedicated cycleway from the site to McGettigans Lane.
Access to local properties and businesses will not be affected by these roadworks.
Robin Osborne, Community Liaison, Byron Central Hospital