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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.

Asbestos concern

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’.

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  1. Crawford’s credibility, i.m.h.o., has been suspect for years but this takes the cake. Is he living in a cave or what? Who are his advisors? His comments on staff illnesses and now this! Had he ever thought that this might be do to the pressure staff are put under do to cuts he continually puts in place in our health departments? Mr. Crawford must answer, who, what and how will life threatening emergencies in Byron Bay be attended too when minutes could mean the difference between life and death? During holidays these are at critical levels and the trip to Ewingsdale often takes an hour or more. The present site must have some sort of emergency facility. This issue will only get worse as we get more visitors AND we get the massive increase in population at west Byron Bay.

  2. Well again the people in the North of the shire have to contend with another piece of infrastructure going to the far south of the Shire. We are having to deal with so much congestion on our roads and traffic delays that you are going to risk putting people at risk. This government should be ashamed of itself with an increasing population, turning us into the Festival capital of the world which puts so much traffic on our roads you would think that the ideal solution would be to keep Mullum Hospital open in some capacity so that we could access some help quickly but ………..Oh no ……….here we go again …………….I just hope that one of our state or federal pollies needs to go to hospital in this area and gets held up so that they can see the full picture


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