Hospital operates with leaky roof
THE NORTH Coast Area Health Service has backed down and allowed a medical procedure by a visiting doctor to be carried out at Coraki Hospital yesterday.
Visiting doctor Rosie Craig demanded an explanation from the area health service as to why she couldn’t perform the procedure while other federally funded clinics were continuing at the hospital.
She threatened to go ahead with the procedure at 11am if a satisfactory explanation was not forthcoming.
The area health service allowed it to go ahead at about 10.30am.
Dr Craig and her husband Gerard Criss, from the Save the Coraki Hospital Committee, are concerned the partial shut-down of Coraki Hospital over a roof leak in the administration section will lead to its permanent closure.
Patients and nurses were moved out of the hospital two weeks ago following heavy rain.
North Coast Area Health Service chief executive Chris Crawford denied there were any plans to downgrade or close the hospital.
“The hospital will definitely be running again as it has been in the past, we are not using it as a surreptitious way of closing the hospital,” he said.
“That is not going to happen. The hospital will be returning to its former status and the patients will be back.”
The NSW Nurses Association’s Lisa Kremmer said nurses had told her they would much prefer to be providing care for their patients at Coraki Hospital and that they wanted to see maintenance carried out.
“There are concerns the hospital will fall into such a state that it can’t be fixed,” she said.
About 50 concerned residents turned up at a Save the Coraki Hospital Committee meeting this week with similar concerns.
Norma Thomas, a member of the former Coraki Hospital board for 17 years before the takeover by the area health service in 1993, said she was saddened by the current state of the hospital.
“We used to meet once a month to see if any repairs were needed. I don’t know what they do now. We don’t know what’s going on,” she said.