Illawarra Newsroom

Urgent Care Centre at Bulli Hospital to remain closed amid COVID crisis

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The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District maintains its priority is to ensure it's able to run its four Emergency Departments at full capacity during the COVID crisis.

There is currently 14,247 active COVID cases across the district with 74 people being treated in hospital for COVID-19.

The LHD has extended the temporary closure of the Bulli Hospital Urgent Care Centre and the sub-acute mental health unit at Shoalhaven Hospital until mid-February.

Medical staff from Bulli are supporting the district's emergency teams.

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"There will be no impact on inpatient services at Bulli Hospital and medical care for inpatients will continue as usual," an ISLHD statement said.

The Nowra unit is being used as COVID special health accommodation facility.

"Some staff usually providing care in the Sub Acute facility will continue to work within the area's Acute Community Mental Health Teams, where demand has increased since the start of the pandemic.

"The District has increased the capacity of our community teams to ensure care can be provided to people needing support in their homes by virtual care, or face to face where required and safe to do so," the statement said.

Acute Mental Health Services remain in place across the District.

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