Patients, their families and staff at Ballina District Hospital are set to benefit from $400,000 in additional works.

Nationals Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin today announced the significant refurbishment to the hospital’s emergency department.

Mr Franklin said the upgrades will include painting and general repairs to the waiting area as well as enhancements in the treatment area to make a visit to the emergency department a little easier.

“We know that a visit to the hospital can be a stressful experience, which is why we’re doing everything we can to make that time a little easier for patients and their families,” Mr Franklin said.

Ballina District Hospital is currently undergoing a $7.35 million upgrade to various departments, including medical records, surgical and other services.

“The physical environment in which doctors, nurses and other health professionals work has a major impact on the experience of patients and their families,” Mr Franklin said.

“By investing in that environment, alongside the work already underway, we are continuing to build an environment in the best interest of patients.

“Modern facilities are key to ensuring our clinicians and hospital staff can continue to provide the high-quality health care that our local communities deserve.”