Ballina shapes up for rehab services

Following the recent decision by St Vincents Hospital to close its rehabilitation unit, the North Coast Area Health Service (NCAHS) has activated a plan to provide 18 rehabilitation/transition care beds in new accommodation at Ballina Hospital and 12 specialised rehabilitation beds at Lismore Base Hospital.

The Ballina patients will be settled into the new Ballina Hospital Transition Care Unit (pictured) until the adjacent Ballina Hospital Rehabilitation Unit is completed in February 2008.

After this date rehabilitation beds will continue to be provided inland, most likely in Lismore, according to NCAHS chief executive Chris Crawford.

Progress on the Ballina facility was inspected this week by NCAHS planners Bob Miller, Meryl Brown (Ballina Hospital executive officer) and Vicki Rose, who were briefed by the project manager from Reed Constructions Australia, Trent Higgs.

The $4.8 million development is due for completion soon, with a mix of rehabilitation and transition care patients set to move in from mid-January.

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