Federal upgrade for St Vincents
THE FEDERAL Government will contribute more than two and a half million dollars towards upgrades and refurbishment of St Vincent's Private hospital.
The project involves building two new surgical theatres and relocating and refurbishing the endoscopy suite.
The upgrades will come at a total cost of $5,570,400.
Federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek visited Lismore last week after an invitation by Page MP Janelle Saffin.
Ms Plibersek met St Vincent's Private Hospital CEO Bob Walsh and surgical registrar Railya Mousina, whose role is funded by the Federal Government.
Ms Plibersek said the upgrades would mean thousands of extra surgical procedures in a year and an increased range of surgical procedures could be done at St Vincent's.
The Minister also inspected the MRI/PET scanner facilities at Lismore Base Hospital.
"The PET scanner is the first of its type in regional NSW. I hope that this new scanner means that a lot more people get accurate diagnostics, which leads to better treatment and better outcomes.
"It also means that people in this area will not be travelling long distances or will not miss out on appropriate treatment," she said.