STAGE three of the Murwillumbah Hospital's emergency department upgrade has been completed and officially opened.
The $1.7 million upgrade delivered an emergency medical unit with three-bed bays, a pediatric consultation room and new resuscitation area.
It included upgrades to the ambulatory and triage areas, with enhanced security, and an enlarged centralised staff and utility room.
Staff at the hospital were joined on Friday in celebration by Health Minister Jillian Skinner, Lismore MP Thomas George, local health district chief executive Chris Crawford and chairman Dr Brian Pezzutti, who officially opened the department with a plaque ceremony.
The official opening of the new emergency department complements a number of health projects in northern NSW, including an $80.25 million upgrade to Lismore Hospital, a new ambulance station at Murwillumbah, and enhancements of local aeromedical services.
Mr George welcomed the completed works for the hard-working staff at the hospital.
"The doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and staff at Murwillumbah provide tremendous health care for this community and I'm pleased to see they can now do so in upgraded facilities," he said.