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SOUTH EAST REGIONAL HOSPITAL CALLS BACK RETIRED DOCTORS AND NURSES TO HELP FIGHT CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

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The Director of Medical Services at South East Regional Hospital Liz Mullins says plans are underway to ramp up the hospital and region's capacity to deal with people who fall ill with COVID-19 and need intensive care.

Dr Mullins says recently retired staff have been called back to help and a new section of the hospital is being opened. She says two new ventilators have been ordered, which would give the hospital eight ventilators, plus an option to convert operating theatres into ICU units. 

She says the defence force has been asked to help with transport to other regional centres. 

Dr Mullins says young people must also be made aware of the risks and stop sharing cigarettes and bongs.

Dr Mullins spoke to reporter Tonia Liosatos earlier today.