Repair work on hospital to start

THE Save Coraki Hospital Committee has welcomed yesterday’s ann-ouncement repair work to the termite-infested hospital’s leaking roof will start next week, but questioned why it had taken so long.

Patients at Coraki’s Campbell hospital were evacuated to Casino after the roof of the 14-bed hospital started to leak on March 2 and termites were later discovered

“The community is happy work is about to begin. Our only criticism is why it took so long to address the problem and why it will take so long to fix it,” committee chairman Gerald Criss said.

Yesterday, North Coast Area Health Service chief executive Chris Crawford said the repair work, costing $100,000, would start next week, but would not be completed for at least six to eight weeks.

“Campbell Hospital should be operational again in the second half of June,” he said.

“The primary focus of the repair work will be on fixing the roof, but termite damage will be also addressed.”

Mr Criss said the 16-week closure of the hospital had put additional pressure on the local medical centre, with many residents unable to travel to Casino for treatment.

Meanwhile, the broken lift at Lismore Base Hospital is still not fixed.



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