Parliament receives x-ray petition

A PETITION calling for the reopening of x-ray facilities at New Norfolk was tabled in State Parliament yesterday. Lyons Greens MHA Tim Morris said 1032 signatures had been collected in one week, calling for the fully-equipped x-ray facility at the New Norfolk District Hospital to be re-opened, and calling on

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Ambulance staffing under fire

COUNTRY ambulance stations were being left unattended to prop up city services, State Opposition health spokesman Jeremy Rockliff said last week. Mr Rockliff said the Liberal Party had highlighted ambulance staffing shortages two months ago and this had now been reiterated by by health unions. “HACSU claims that there is

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Petition on x-ray service

A PETITION launched this week by Tasmanian Greens MHA Tim Morris calls on the State Government to fund, re-establish and operate the x-ray service at the New Norfolk District Hospital. Mr Morris said re-opening of the x-ray service at New Norfolk would greatly assist people in the area, who currently

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Corumbene plans for the future

A SUCCESSFUL year at the Corumbene Nursing Home was reported to last night’s annual general meeting by president Peter Rouleston, despite a small operating loss. Of particular interest in Mr Rouleston’s report was news of a master plan for further development of the home with seven stages to be implemented

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X-ray patients suffering

THE lack of operational x-ray facilities at the New Norfolk Hospital were starting to have an adverse impact on patients, Greens MHA Tim Morris told State Parliament late last month. Following-up his earlier question to health minister Michelle O’Byrne raised the matter again on the adjournment on June 22. “Tonight

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Minister’s praise for Ouse health centre

NEW Tasmanian health minister Michelle O’Byrne told State Parliament last Thursday that she had visited the “health service” at Ouse recently and was incredibly impressed with the great work by the staff there. “All of them are now telling me that they are getting a much greater capacity to deal

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New Norfolk x-ray idle

THE State Government has been urged to investigate re-opening the radiology department at the New Norfolk District Hospital. Greens Member for Lyons, Tim Morris, said x-ray equipment was still in place at the NNDH and a local radiologist was willing to consider operating the equipment. Mr Morris reminded the government

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Upgrade for hospital’s water supply

A TENDER has been awarded for a $70,000 upgrade to the water supply to the New Norfolk District Hospital. The State Government has engaged Cunic Constructions to convert the hospital from tank water to a mains water pressure supply, at a cost of $72,960.

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$2.5m child and family centre moves a step closer

PREMIER David Bartlett has announced the appointment  of “social inclusion community liaison officers” to engage local communities in their soon-to-be-established “child and family centres”. It is understood that former Valley Vision staffer Katrina Higgins has been appointed to the New Norfolk position and her erstwhile colleague Ian Brown will undertake

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Don’t eat the bream

A RECENTLY issued brochure contains important information about the safety of fish caught in the River Derwent. The annual Derwent Estuary Report Card warns that heavy metal levels in shellfish are slowly declining but mercury levels in some Derwent-caught fish are above recommended health guidelines. “Results from a pilot survey

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Boyer’s efforts boost river health

A REPORT looking at the health of the Derwent estuary has found the completion of several wastewater treatment projects has led to further water quality improvements. Releasing the annual Derwent Estuary Report Card today, Derwent Estuary Program  director Christine Coughanowr said several projects had significantly reduced the amount of pollution

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Upper Derwent Valley health services boost

A $3 million project to boost health and community service infrastructure in the Derwent Valley has been announced by Health Minister Lara Giddings. It includes upgrades to the former Ouse District Hospital (now called the Central Highlands Community Health Centre), four “independent living units”, additional aged care placements at New

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