The Northern NSW Local Health District says it has had to close the birthing unit at Casino Hospital because of staffing issues.
‘For the safety and wellbeing of future mothers and their babies, birthing services provided at Casino and District Memorial Hospital will be transferred to Lismore Base Hospital, from August 1,’ LHD CEO Chris Crawford said in a media release.
He added that birth numbers at both hospitals had been trending downwards.
Mr Crawford also said that the Casino hospital birthing unit was understaffed and the doctor attached to it is due to retire soon.
‘The number of midwives has declined from 11 to about six, some of whom work part time,’ he told ABC radio this morning
‘The one doctor, who is about to retire in the next year or so… has been invited to undertake births at Lismore Base Hospital until such time as he retires so that he can follow through with some of his patients.’