OPEN: Richmond Clarence Health Service general manager Lynne Weir, Bob Morris of Coraki, Verla and Gordon Delaforce of Casino, Coraki pharmacists Kara and James Smith, Nuring Unit Manager Josh Collins and (fake) patient Rod Hatcher from Evans Head at the new HealthOne.
OPEN: Richmond Clarence Health Service general manager Lynne Weir, Bob Morris of Coraki, Verla and Gordon Delaforce of Casino, Coraki pharmacists Kara and James Smith, Nuring Unit Manager Josh Collins and (fake) patient Rod Hatcher from Evans Head at the new HealthOne. Susanna Freymark

New $4m health facility opens on Northern Rivers

A HUNDRED people went for a peek at the open day of the new $4million medical facility in Coraki.

Called the Coraki Campbell HealthOne, the facility will house physiotherapy, oral health, medical specialist consulting and community health services.

The rooms are flooded with light and visitors on the day were impressed with the facilities.

The HealthOne has been operational for two weeks, nursing unit manager Josh Collins said.

"As a community health service, HealthOne offers ease of access and is close to families," Mr Collins said.

Richmond Clarence Health Services general manager Lynne Weir said they could provide lots of medical services under one roof.

"The building is purpose built so it flows better," she said.

Despite the modern interior and bright light, it is difficult to ignore the looming red brick old Coraki Hospital across the road.

 

The old hospital in Coraki.
The old hospital in Coraki. Susanna Freymark

 

The old hospital in Coraki.
The old hospital in Coraki. Susanna Freymark

Damaged in a storm many years ago, a spokesperson said it "there was too much damage and it was too expensive to fix".

Unconfirmed reports suggest the buildings will be knocked down for a conference centre or alternatively sold off as separate buildings.

Currently the old hospital is open and dangerously accessible given the vandalism and damage.

Some residents expressed "disappointment" the old hospital was not being returned to the community.

 

 

Coraki Campbell Health One opens in Coraki.
Coraki Campbell Health One opens in Coraki. Susanna Freymark


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