Campbell Hospital repaired

The North Coast Area Health Service (NCAHS) has announced that $100,000 will be spent on building works to repair the roof and termite damage at Campbell Hospital, Coraki. Subject to weather conditions, the work is expected to take six to eight weeks to complete and should be finished by the end of June.

Gerard Criss, community chairman of the Save the Coraki and District Hospital Committee, said the hospital had been closed since March when the leaking roof caused problems with the fire alarm.

“The community is happy that repairs are finally being done,” Mr Criss said. “However the issue has taken too long to be addressed and fixed.”

Mr Criss, who is also the practice manager at the Coraki Medical Centre, said the closing of the hospital had impacted on the centre.

“Since the hospital closed, emergencies have been presenting themselves here rather than at the hospital,” he said. “This has created extra workload and expense for us here. Area Health tried to close the hospital’s emergency department five years ago. No community should lose its emergency department – it’s vital to the hospital’s future and its value far outweighs the cost to the state.”

Mr Criss said it had been 12 months since the local visiting medical officer in Coraki had resigned and he hoped NCAHS would soon advertise for a new doctor.


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