Coraki hospital to stay closed

THE NORTHERN NSW Local Health District has confirmed Coraki's Campbell Hospital will not reopen as a hospital but plans to establish a Health One Centre at the site.

Chief Executive Chris Crawford said an external planner has found that the health needs of the Coraki and surrounds Community would best be met by a Health One Service.

Health professionals involved in Health One work together in teams to provide prevention, early intervention and continuing, comprehensive primary health care to individuals and communities for both inpatients and outpatients.

"The draft Clinical Service Plan recommends that a Health One Centre be developed on the Campbell Hospital Campus," he said.

"The Health One Service would operate from this Health One Centre, which would accommodate both a General Practice and Community Health Services.

"A Health One Service usually operates approximately between 8.00am and 6.00pm on a Monday to Friday basis."

Mr Crawford said after the draft plan was open for public input for two weeks and the NNSW LHD board would take into account public comments when deciding whether to approve the draft.

"The NNSW LHD executive will consider the recommendation of the steering committee and then recommend a final version of the Clinical Services Plan to the 3 October 2012 Board Meeting for consideration," Mr Crawford said.



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