'Full investigation' into storm damage at Lismore hospital
UPDATE, Monday 8.10am: THE health service has said there will be a "full investigation" after a wild storm damaged Lismore Base Hospital yesterday.
WorkCover is expected to arrive at the hospital this morning to start investigations.
Executive Director of the Richmond Clarence Health Service Group, Lynne Weir, said scaffolding attached to the redevelopment of the hospital collapsed onto the obstetric area of the hospital late yesterday afternoon.
"Nineteen people were inside at the time, five mothers and their babies, two staff and seven visitors," she said.
"They were escorted by emergency services to another part of the hospital shortly after the incident.
"One nurse was treated for a minor back injury.
"The hospital remains operational.
"The emergency department was not affected and has continued to operate as normal.
"An exclusion zone had been set up around the site to ensure there is no further risk to patients, staff or the public.
"The construction site will remain closed until a full investigation has been undertaken and engineers have determined the site safe."
FIVE babies and their mums were evacuated when the maternity ward of the Lismore Base Hospital collapsed during the recent rain storms just after 4pm today.
It's alleged the scaffolding on the new part of the hospital was hit by lightning during this afternoon's storms, causing it to collase and damage to the hospital building.
There are reports of the building filling with water and electrical wires hanging from the ceiling.
It was also reported 17 people including five babies and five mums were evacuated from the building.
The scene has been attended by HAZMAT and rescue teams from Ballina and as far as Woodburn.
No persons have been trapped and police have secured all exits.
A COLLAPSE in the Lismore Base Hospital maternity ward has seen only minor injuries.
While multiple emergency service crews are responding to a building collapse at Lismore Base Hospital, it had been earlier reported that a number of people were unaccounted for and possible persons trapped.
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All people have now been accounted for and ambulances will be used to transport to other hospitals.
More details to follow.