Karoonda emergency department opens, Tailem Bend remains closed

Open: Riverland Mallee and Coorong Local Health Network CEO Wayne Champion with executive director of nursing and midwifery Karen Hollitt, and acting EO/director of nursing and midwifery at Mannum and Karoonda hospitals Cindy Hein at the Karoonda hospital. Photo: Supplied.
Open: Riverland Mallee and Coorong Local Health Network CEO Wayne Champion with executive director of nursing and midwifery Karen Hollitt, and acting EO/director of nursing and midwifery at Mannum and Karoonda hospitals Cindy Hein at the Karoonda hospital. Photo: Supplied.

THE Riverland Mallee Coorong Local Health Network (RMCLHN) is reopening the Emergency Department at Karoonda and Districts Soldiers' Memorial Hospital from Monday, July 6, 2020.

The Karoonda emergency department has been considered safe to reopen as it is not located on a major highway and therefore not as exposed to the risk of COVID-19 transmission from interstate travelers.

However, the Tailem Bend District Hospital emergency department which was temporarily closed from Wednesday 1 April 2020, remains closed.

The RMCLHN said because of Tailem Bend's location, the emergency department remain closed to decrease the risk of COVID-19 transmission to some the most vulnerable consumers - aged care residents.

The RMCLHN advised residents from Tailem Bend needing to visit a hospital emergency department, should go directly to Murray Bridge Soldiers' Memorial Hospital at 96 Swanport Road, Murray Bridge.

If it's not an emergency, visit your local GP or pharmacy.

In a mental health emergency, call the Mental Health Triage Service on 13 14 65. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Always call triple zero (000) in an emergency.