Hospital's call system still bells

NORTH Coast Area Health is waiting for a report on why its aging emergency system and nurse call system at Lismore Base Hospital failed last Tuesday, forcing patients to ring brass bells when they required assistance.

An area health spokesperson said the emergency system was fixed within hours, but the nurse call system remained broken.

“The emergency call function of the nurse call system was rectified and the existing emergency call system has been modified to ensure that emergency calls are operational both visually and audibly,” the spokesperson said yesterday.

“A maintenance report on the action that needs to be taken in response to the problems with the nurse call system is due to bereceived shortly.”

Despite statements by one person, who spoke to The Northern Star on Friday, the health spokesperson denied the CT scanner broke down while a patient was being treated.

“It just went bang,” said John Taylor, whose father was being treated for cancer.

The spokesperson said the CT scanner at Lismore Base underwent planned repairs from noon on Friday to about 1.30pm onSaturday.

“During this downtime, arrangements had been made with St Vincent’s Private Hospital to conduct any urgent CT scans until the Lismore Base Hospital CT scanner was back on-line,” the spokesperson said.

Once operational, the newcancer centre at the hospitalwill also have a CT scanner,providing additional capacity during maintenance.

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