Naracoorte Health Service installs new door

NEW: Naracoorte Health Service director of nursing Pam Schubert, Mal McCully and physiotherapist Richie Pendle at the department entrance.

NEW: Naracoorte Health Service director of nursing Pam Schubert, Mal McCully and physiotherapist Richie Pendle at the department entrance.

Patients accessing the physiotherapy department at the Naracoorte Health Service can now pass through with ease thanks to a new automated door. 

The automated swing door installed a few weeks ago has quickly received positive reviews from patients and staff.

Naracoorte Health Service director of nursing and midwifery Pam Schubert said it was a good initiative and had been well received by the public.

“People are certainly finding they’re able to access into the physio a lot easier and coming out as well,” Mrs Schubert said.

Mrs Schubert said NHS was aware of the need for easier access for a while and just had to decide on the best solution.

“We could see that were struggling (entering and exiting) and had looked at a couple of options for automated doors and decided this was the best way to go,” she said.

The automated door is valued at just under $5000 which was funded through the NHS’s operating budget.

​Patient Mal McCully who has been using the service for the past two months has found the new door very helpful.

“Because I walk with my sticks for my balance I find it very helpful for the door to open like that,” he said.

Mal also made frequent trips to the department for about five months last year. He said the new censored door stopped him “fiddling” around with codes when passing through.

“I could still do it but it’s advantageous to have (the new automated door) and I find it great,” Mal said.

With the department operating Monday to Friday, Mrs Schubert believes the new ease of access will suit the high traffic flow.

“It can be quite a busy place,” she said. “Lots of people have mobility issues getting in and out of the department so it’s a high level of need.”

Two automated sliding doors also service the main front and back entrances at the Naracoorte Health Service.