Coraki hospital to reopen
THE doors to the Campbell Hospital at Coraki are expected to swing open next Monday for the first time in more than four months.
On March 1, the roof of the hospital began leaking during a heavy downpour.
The following day, all patients were transferred to the Casino Memorial and District Hospital and the doors at Coraki were closed to patients requiring clinical treatment.
A structural engineer assessed the building and prepared a report, which found the roof iron was badly rusted and deteriorated due to age and would need to be replaced.
It also recommended some structural timbers in the roof be re-pitched at a greater angle to ensure water flowed off more effectively.
Termite damage was also discovered in the building.
During the hospital’s closure, Coraki residents expressed concerns about being without an accident and emergency department and the distances they were being forced to travel to receive health care.
There were also concerns the hospital would be closed permanently.
The Save the Coraki Hospital Committee had long voiced concerns over the hospital’s state of disrepair.
North Coast Area Health Service chief executive officer Chris Crawford said it was expected equipment would be checked and other ‘re-commissioning activities’ at the hospital completed by this Friday. Clinical services are expected to resume on Monday, July 12.
Mr Crawford thanked the hospital’s staff and the community for their patience while repairs were completed.