Lismore Base Hospital marks expansion of Theatre Day Surgery and First Stage Recovery.

Lismore Base Hospital (LBH) has boosted its day surgery capacity, opening an expanded Operating Theatre and First Stage Recovery on 9 December.

Doing the official honours was the Member for Lismore, Thomas George, who welcomed the “good news for the Northern Rivers community,” saying the expansion would enable LBH to cater for more Day Surgery patients and thus help reduce waiting times.

Northern NSW Local Health District CEO Chris Crawford said the upgrade facilitated the return of Ophthalmology services to LBH, “so allowing local residents to have their eye surgery at their local Public Hospital.”

The construction of the new Endoscopy Unit at the rear of the Medical Imaging Department of the Hospital presented an opportunity for expanding the Recovery area with extra floor space to provide more beds.

This expansion has enabled the Operating Theatre Day Surgery area to increase from six beds to a 10-bed area, while the Recovery area now has 13 new Recovery Chairs and a new Staff Station.

The Day Surgery Operating Theatre area was constructed as an extension of the existing Operating Theatre floor, which is located over the Medical Imaging Department on the floor below.

The new Recovery area will be shared with the new Endoscopy Unit that is under construction in an adjoining area.

The Operating Theatre Staff Lounge and Doctors’ write-up area were increased to double their previous size; a new Kitchenette was developed; and extra Staff have been employed to assist in the overall function of the expanded services.

The design of the new area was undertaken by Health Projects International (HPI), with building works by Woollam Constructions.