WOMEN’S CARE UNIT PROVIDES NORTHERN RIVERS MUMS AND BUBS WITH IMPROVED CARE
Mums-to-be and their babies in the Northern Rivers region will benefit from first class maternity facilities, with the official opening of the Lismore Base Hospital Women’s Care Unit today by Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Member for Lismore Thomas George.
“Patients and staff are thrilled by the spacious, purpose-built layout and world-class facilities in the unit,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“I’m delighted to officially open this vital piece of health infrastructure which is another demonstration of the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government’s commitment to ensure all communities across the state get their fair share,” she said.
The new unit features mostly single-bed rooms, an expanded Special Care Nursery and a new Birthing Unit. Each of the five new birthing suites has a birthing bath.
The specially-designed single-bed rooms cater for women who wish to have their partner stay with them during their hospital visit. The designated family lounge enables new mothers to relax with their loved ones in comfort.
“Nearly 1200 babies are born each year at Lismore Base Hospital, with the birth rate increasing by 2.6 per cent compared to this time last year, so the opening of the new Women’s Care Unit helps provide for this growing population,” Ms Berejiklian said.
Ms Berejiklian said in addition to providing new infrastructure, the NSW Government is investing in extra frontline health staff.
Since 2015, the Government has boosted frontline services by an additional 4500 nurses, doctors and allied health professionals - exceeding its election commitment by 1000 positions more than a year early.
Mr George said the upgrades to Lismore Base Hospital ensure the Northern Rivers keeps pace with the rest of the State.
“The ultra-modern facilities in the Women’s Care Unit provides patients in Northern NSW with services as good as anywhere you’ll find in Australia,” Mr George said.
The new Women’s Care Unit is the first floor to open in the $180 million Stage 3B redevelopment, which will also provide additional clinical services including operating theatres, central sterilising department, paediatrics unit and two inpatient units as part of the 10-level South Tower.
The North Tower will deliver a new medical imaging department, endoscopy unit and peri-operative services.
The $80.25 million Stage 3A redevelopment, comprising the new emergency and renal departments, was officially opened last year.
In addition to these upgrades, Ms Berejiklian said $52.5 million committed for Stage 3C in the Budget would expand the Northern Tower by four levels and refurbish the ageing infrastructure, increasing patient capacity.
This will deliver new medical and surgical in-patient units as well as education, training, research and hospital administration facilities. A new intensive care unit will also increase capacity.