It’s been confirmed that both the Mullumbimby and Byron district hospitals will permanently close once the Byron Central Hospital opens in 2016.
Chris Crawford, chief executive of the Northern NSW Local Health District, also told The Echo that staff from those hospitals will transfer to the new hospital.
The comments came after enquiries from The Echo as to whether an emergency ward would remain in both hospitals, given they are located in the two towns.
With asbestos being identified in the Mullum hospital, Mr Crawford said it will be removed, ‘then the buildings will be demolished and the site will be remediated.’
‘The remediated land which currently constitutes the Mullumbimby Hospital campus will be sold.
‘No final decision has been made with regard to the future use of the Byron District Hospital campus.
‘Prior to any final decisions being made about the future use of the Mullumbimby and Byron District Hospital campuses, consultation will take place with Byron Shire Council and the Byron Shire community to seek their input on what use should be made of these two hospital campuses.’
The decision also means Mullum’s dedicated birthing unit will also be transferred to the new facility.
When asked where the proceeds from the sale of Mullum hospital land will be allocated, Mr Crawford’s office said it is ‘yet to be finalised’.