Air-conditioning back on at Mur’bah Hospital
THE air-conditioning has been restored at Murwillumbah District Hospital's high-care unit after one of two compressors broke down on Boxing Day.
Due to a Christmas/New Year shutdown, the company contracted by the NSW Local Health District to service and repair the compressor was unavailable to ship parts needed to repair the compressor until last week, a spokeswoman said.
The collapse of the one compressor meant that the unit was operating at reduced capacity on days of high temperatures, she said.
"Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSW LHD) would like to apologise to patients and staff for any discomfort caused by the reduced air-conditioning capacity as a result of the compressor breakdown.
"Patient comfort is a priority for the hospital and our staff, and every effort was made to ensure patients were as comfortable as possible while in our care."
The spokeswoman said additional pedestal fans were brought in to the affected area to assist in keeping patients cool.
Patients were offered cool sponges and drinks.
Some patients were also taken down to the ground floor where standalone air-conditioners were functioning.