Work on the $80.2 million extensions to the Lismore Base Hospital began on Friday (June 27).
Upon completion at the end of 2015, the extensions will include a new emergency unit, double the size of the existing one, a renal unit and a community health section.
And all of it will be easier to access with a 250 car parking area, which will have the capacity to increase to 500 car parks.
Lismore MP Thomas George visited the site today to meet with hospital staff and those involved in the construction.
“This will deliver a 100 per cent increase on what we have in terms of the emergency unit with up to 50 places available as well as an 18-bed renal unit,’ Mr George said.
Lismore Base Hospital chief of staff Wayne Jones said the emergency department’s floor size would increase by four, meaning clinicians could deliver the best in contemporary models of care.
He dismissed reports that 500 non-clinical staff could lose their jobs as a result of an ongoing review of clinical and non-clinical employees.
‘There is no move to privatize services art this stage,’ he said.
He said a final report on staff numbers would be presented to the board and management in about a month.
Head of construction at John Holland, Jeff Wall, told Echonetdaily that 120 workers would be employed at the peak of construction.
Mr Wall said there would also be a focus on using local products and services wherever possible.
‘We want to be a good neighbor and visitor and spend as much money as possible in Lismore,’ he said.
Yesterday’s announcement signaled the end of the site clean-up and the beginning of the construction phase.