Redevelopment option for Coraki Hospital

CAMPBELL Hospital at Coraki may be redeveloped into a multipurpose centre (MPS) with 24-hour emergency services as an option being considered by the North Coast Area Health Service.

The MPS is one of three options the Mid-Richmond Health Service Advisory Committee has asked the NCAHS to investigate in addition to the original proposal to downgrade the facility to a GP-run clinic.

The NCAHS has also looked into the option of maintaining the 14 acute care beds and emergency department and re-establishing rehabilitation services.

The other alternative is creating a transitional care centre.

The transitional care centre would see a significant component of care delivered at the patient's home.

NCAHS Population, Health, Planning and Performance execu- tive director Vahid Saberi said NCAHS would meet with the advisory committee on Monday and present an analysis of each additional option.

He said he hoped a preferred option would emerge at that meeting, which would then be passed on to the chief executive, to be forwarded to the Department of Health.

"We hope to come to some conclusion in the next couple of weeks," Mr Saberi said.

Meanwhile, Richmond Valley Council yesterday agreed to consider establishing the MPS at the hospital, to be linked with the Mid-Richmond Residents Village.

The MPS would be funded by the State and Federal Govern- ments.

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