‘A decision over the trial of replacing Mullumbimby Hospital’s on-site night doctor with telehealth doctor support from The Tweed Hospital (TTH) will be made at a meeting of the Board on November 28,’ says Frank Lynch from Save Mullumbimby Hospital Steering Committee.
‘From the August 29 meeting, the local health board authorised chief executive Chris Crawford to continue the process of determining whether the replacement of the night doctor by the telehealth link was feasible,’ he says.
‘If the Board’s decision is “No” then an announcement will be made immediately. If the Board’s decision is that the trial of the TTH doctor utilising the telehealth system replacing the onsite doctor during the 11pm to 7am shift will proceed then that decision will also be announced immediately along with the start date, which is likely to be sometime in the first quarter of 2013.
‘The trial will only occur if it is agreed to by the Mullumbimby Hospital nursing staff.’