Kevin Hogan MP with Lynne Weir, executive director of NNSWLHD’s Richmond/Clarence Health Service Group, in the newly refurbished ED at Casino Hospital.

The long-awaited upgrade of the emergency department at Casino and District Memorial Hospital was officially opened on 7 October, with Federal MP for Page Kevin Hogan jubilant about the Federal government’s role in funding the extensive refurbishment.

The upgrade had long been advocated by community representatives, and patients and families, and supported by staff having to work within its confined, outdated space and unattractive ambience.

No more - Casino’s 24/7 ED now features a new triage area; two new resuscitation bays; a redesigned Ambulance Entry for all weather conditions and to provide safer entry and exit of ambulances; four new treatment bays; relocation of the waiting area to be in close proximity to Reception and Triage; piped medical gasses for the Resuscitation Bays; multifunctional Safe Assessment Room; dedicated ED staff room; public toilet in closer proximity to the Waiting Room and in view of the Reception/Triage areas; refurbished Clean Utility Room; and improved security for the entire ED.

“It is great that the Federal Government was able to deliver $3 million to ensure that emergency services could continue to be delivered in Casino,” Mr Hogan said.

“Thanks to the grant the Northern NSW Local Health District has been able to build at the Casino Hospital. This major upgrade is wonderful news for the Casino Hospital ED staff, patients and the wider community.”