Byron Central Hospital Admits First Patient

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Byron Central Hospital admits its first patient, Victor Retallick from Ocean Shores, on its first day of opening, Tuesday June 7, 2016. Photo Jeff Dawson

Byron Central Hospital admits its first patient, Victor Retallick from Ocean Shores, on its first day of opening, Tuesday June 7, 2016. Photo Jeff Dawson

Last night was Ocean Shores man Victor Retallick’s first night in a hospital, ever — and he was the last patient admitted to Mullumbimby Hospital.

Victor Retallick of Ocean Shores, the first ever patient to be admitted to Byron Central Hospital at Ewingsdale. Photo Jeff Dawson

Victor Retallick of Ocean Shores, the first ever patient to be admitted to Byron Central Hospital at Ewingsdale. Photo Jeff Dawson

This morning he was the first patient to be admitted to the new Byron Central Hospital (BCH) at Ewingsdale, just after 8am.

Victor is suffering from sciatic pain.

The hospital is operational as of June 7, 2016, and both the Mullumbimby and Byron Bay Hospitals, together with Bangalow Health Centre, are in the process of winding down.

Last week the Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSW LHD) completed its scenario testing and made the final adjustments to the newly completed BCH, with staff ready to commence services.

The new Byron Central Hospital is open for business, er, patients. Photo Jeff Dawson

The new Byron Central Hospital is open for business, er, patients. Photo Jeff Dawson

NNSW LHD Chief Executive Wayne Jones said visitors are welcome to visit patients.

Any mother in labour is now to present to the new BCH.

‘On Thursday (June 9), the existing Bangalow, Mullumbimby and Byron Community Health services will open at the new BCH,’ Mr Jones said.


Source article:
Echonet Daily
by Chris Dobney

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