Coraki digs in its heels

By RENEE REDMOND

Health plans anger aged residents

THE North Coast Area Health Service's proposed opening of a 24-hour emergency room as part of the Mid-Richmond Residents' Village at Coraki has angered residents and staff.

NCAHS director of population health, planning and performance, Vahid Saberi, said the Multi-Purpose Service (MPS) would be built in one of the wings of the existing village and include a 24-hour emergency room, X-ray facilities and acute in-patient beds.

"Our intention is to use an existing wing and build a new area for the residents. Whatever we use we will replace."

However, village resident Gloria Bills said she cannot help but worry about the proposal.

Miss Bills, 75, has been fighting to keep the Campbell Hospital open since January last year.

"I don't want anything to change at the village and I want the hospital to stay open," she said.

Mr Saberi said current evidence suggested the viability of aged-care hostels with less than 60 beds was uncertain.

The Coraki village has 39 beds.

"The MPS option is one that will ensure the future of the village and acute beds at Coraki," Mr Saberi said.

Kathy Dolby, Mid-Richmond Residents' Village management committee president, said she would like to keep the MPS and village separate.

"They should be two separate entities. There is land next door which we are proposing they use instead," she said. "We are not in the red. We have money from a grant to extend our dementia wing by six beds."



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