The damage to Campbell Hospital at Coraki after a supercell storm swept through the town. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star
The damage to Campbell Hospital at Coraki after a supercell storm swept through the town. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star Cathy Adams

Months in limbo

THE Campbell Hospital at Coraki remains closed almost three months after a section of the roof collapsed during a severe storm.

Local health officials are unable to say when the 14-bed hospital will re-open.

Three weeks after the hospital was closed on September 25 building inspectors for the hospital's insurers had reportedly examined the buildings and were preparing a work schedule to be submitted to the insurers.

However, a spokeswoman for the Northern NSW Local Health District said further storms had hit the town since then and more leaks had been discovered in the ceiling and more problems with the wood frames.

The spokeswoman said it was "absolutely essential" the building and grounds of the Campbell Hospital were safe and met occupational health and safety regulations before it was re-opened.

She said it was also vitally important all the hospital's equipment and fittings were checked to ensure they were in good working condition.

The spokeswoman said the NNSW LHD was not in a position to provide more specific information about the repairs at the Campbell Hospital or when the hospital would re-open.

Meanwhile, patients from Coraki who need to be hospitalised are being admitted to either the Casino and District Memorial Hospital or the Lismore Base Hospital and Campbell Hospital staff are working at the Lismore Base, Casino or Kyogle Hospitals.



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