Lismore Base Hospital provides a wide range of healthcare services to the Northern Rivers community in New South Wales, Australia. The 51-bed emergency department and 18-bed renal unit were the first departments of the hospital’s $260-million redevelopment to be completed.

The emergency department, which cares for almost 30,000 patients annually, also manages acute medical and surgical problems, as well as trauma and all forms of adult and pediatric health issues.

A complex project phased over many years, the redevelopment has allowed the hospital to expand its capacity and has resulted in improved medical support to the local area helping to advance the level of care to the community by bringing services in closer proximity to their homes and reducing the need for patient transfers to metropolitan hospitals.

Creating visual cohesion, a new external canopy was designed to integrate the new south tower at the front of the site with the existing structure. Signaling a new address for the hospital, the folding form of the cover assists to identify the public-use boundary by providing a landscaped place of respite for patients and visitors to gather.

Opening up the interiors encourage patients to feel part of the community. By breaking down the clinical model, the design provided an opportunity to create a more relaxed experience in the emergency and renal departments.

The new renal unit features 18 dialysis treatment spaces including three isolation rooms, dialysis home training facilities, a private courtyard, a patient lounge and a separate entrance and waiting room.

The emergency department is divided into a number of key areas, all connected by large corridors that allow easy movement for staff. The creation of an internal east/west hospital link bridge partnered with the streamlined and integrated central entry has helped to provide a clear connectivity within the hospital.

Woods Bagot provided architecture, interior and clinical design services. Landscape was completed by 360, and signage was completed by ID Lab.