PATIENTS in Lismore Base Hospital’s surgical ward can now rest easy in the knowledge that the broken nurse call system has been replaced.
A North Coast Area Health Service spokesperson yesterday confirmed that a temporary nurse call system had been installed and was ‘fully operational’.
“This is a modern radio-controlled system with an individual nurse call button at each bed and in all ensuites,” the spokesperson said.
“A permanent replacement nurse call system has been ordered and will be installed in three to four weeks.”
Both the emergency call system and nurse call system at Lismore Base broke down in early March.
Although the emergency system was quickly repaired, patients were issued small silver bells for the four or so weeks while the nurse call system remained inoperative.
The Northern Star reported last month that an elderly WWII veteran was forced to call Triple-0 to raise the attention of nursing staff when they failed to hear his bell for more than 45 minutes.
The Area Health Service later apologised for any distress this caused the patient, 87-year-old Kevin Parks, who described conditions at the hospital as ‘third world’.
So incensed was Lismore MP Thomas George by how Mr Park was treated that he called for a parliamentary inquiry into the disrepair at the base hospital.