UPDATE 2.15PM: BYRON Bay's first patient to be welcomed, Victor Retallick described the new premises like a hotel.

Check out the timeline of the hospital and how it came to be here

UPDATE 11.30AM: PATIENTS were welcomed into the new $88 million Byron Central Hospital when it opened its doors this morning.  

Ocean Shores resident Victor Retallick was the first patient transferred across from Mullumbimby District Hospital.  

Mr Retallick was full of praise for the new hospital which is built on the six hectare greenfield site at Ewingsdale.  

"The hospital is just beautiful, and the staff are wonderful," Mr Retallick said.  

Byron Hospital is now closed, with patients moved to the new Byron Central Hospital this morning.
Byron Hospital is now closed, with patients moved to the new Byron Central Hospital this morning. Marc Stapelberg

Executive Director of the Tweed Byron Health Services Group, Bernadette Loughnane said eight patients in total were moved across from Byron District and Mullumbimby District Hospitals this morning, with the first patient arriving at 8.30am.  

Ms Loughnane said the establishment of the Move Day Command Centre by Byron Central Hospital staff at 7.30am enabled the staff to remain patient-focused.  

"Since handover from the builders in late February the staff have diligently and conscientiously commissioned the building in preparation to receive our first patient today," Ms Loughnane said.  

"Consequently, this morning's move ran incredibly smoothly.  

The Emergency Department (ED) received its first patient, a young child, at 8.38am with four patients received to ED by 9.30am.  

"Our next major milestone will be the birth of our first baby at Byron Central Hospital, with no mother yet in labour, and the performance of our first CT scan."  

Ms Loughnane praised the professionalism and teamwork of all staff during today's move and said she was looking forward to the Bangalow Community Health Centre move tomorrow.

INITIAL: PATIENTS are being moved into the new, $88 million Byron Central Hospital this morning.

The new hopsital's emergency department has also started accepting patients.

The first patient transfers of existing patients at both Mullumbimby and Byron District Hospitals started at 8am.

The new hospital is the first of its kind in New South Wales to combine two separate hospitals and a health centre across three different sites into a single purpose-built hospital.

Investments in new features, including a $1 million CT scanner, enhanced X-Ray and ultrasound, has resulted in the hospital being able to deal with sicker patients under a higher emergency department classification.