Outpatients section nears finish

THE new Tweed Hospital outpatients department is near completion and will strengthen medical services provided to the community.

Work is on schedule for completion in early December.

The outpatients department has been built in the vacant ground floor area adjacent to the front entry of the hospital.

North Coast Area Health Service chief executive Chris Crawford said the project had been planned since the construction of the building.

“This area has been earmarked for the new outpatients department since the construction of the building in 2008 when NCAHS planned for the future development of an outpatients department,” Mr Crawford said.

General manager of the Tweed Byron Network, Deb Podbury, said the department would strengthen the hospital's service.

“The new outpatients department is a major step towards meeting the demand of future clients and is double the size of the current temporary outpatients department,” Ms Podbury said.

The outpatients department will have a floor area of 350 square metres and will contain nine consultation rooms, a plaster room, treatment room and a nurse unit manager's office.



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