Hospital is evacuated as floodwaters continue to rise with a makeshift emergency service set up at a high school
- Ballina hospital patients have been temporarily moved to a school amid flooding
- The hospital was evacuated on Tuesday evening on the advice of the police
- 55 patients will be temporarily treated at nearby Xavier Catholic College
A hospital has been forced to evacuate all staff and patients to a nearby high school as floodwaters continue to devastate parts of northern New South Wales.
Fifty-five patients from Ballina Hospital will be transferred to Xavier Catholic College where a makeshift emergency department is being set up for all others in need of urgent care.
All patients were transported with the help of the NSW Ambulance and SES teams.
“The evacuation is taking place on the advice of the local police commander and out of an abundance of caution to protect the health and safety of patients and staff,” the local health district of Northern New South Wales said.
‘Additional NNSWLHD staff have been called in and are working alongside NSW Police, NSW Ambulance and SES to ensure the safe transfer of all patients, whose families have been notified.
“A makeshift emergency department is being set up at Xavier Catholic College for anyone in the community who needs emergency care while the hospital is temporarily closed.”
People living in the area will be notified by text message that the hospital is temporarily closed.
Earlier Tuesday evening an evacuation order was issued for Ballina CBD as flooding ravages northern parts of New South Wales.