KEEPING UP: Nurse Meryl Bennett looks on as patient Dulcie Box read The Northern Star in her Hospital bed in Casino Hospital.
KEEPING UP: Nurse Meryl Bennett looks on as patient Dulcie Box read The Northern Star in her Hospital bed in Casino Hospital. Doug Eaton

Patients keeping up with the news

BED-bound patients at Casino and District Memorial Hospital have a reason to smile with the provision of free Northern Star newspapers delivered to their room.

The initiative of APN Australian Regional Media and the North Coast Area Health Service is sponsored by the Casino RSM Club and Casino Pest Control, providing 35 papers a day, six days a week.

Executive officer, director of nursing at Casino, Ellen Palmer, said the newspaper sponsorship was a good thing for the patients who required hospital care at Casino.

"Our patients are a mix of older and younger people and so far the feedback has been good," she said.

Previously hospital staff purchased a variety of papers for its private patients, but now that money will go towards health resources.

The APN initiative began at Grafton Base Hospital and, provided new sponsors come aboard, there are plans to roll out the program to all area hospitals, according to the Northern Star's regional product sales manager Heather Williams.

If that happens, more than 1500 newspapers will be provided by APN in the Northern Rivers area. "This program is a way of making sure people who don't have access to local news are able to stay connected with their community," Heather said.



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