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Carmen Lawrence opens new burns unit at Concord Hospital



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Dr Carmen Lawrence Minister for Human Services and Health Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women

CL/59/96 7 Febraury 1996

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CARMEN LAWRENCE OPENS NEW BURNS UNIT AT CONCORD HOSPITAL

Bums victims across New South Wales will have access to the very latest treatment procedures with the official opening today of the new $1,000,000 bums unit at Concord Repatriation General Hospital.

Speaking at the opening this morning the Federal Health Minister, Carmen Lawrence, said victims of major bums would be air lifted to Concord which is in the geographic heart of Sydney.

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"This unit will provide total care to bum victims, and their families," Dr Lawrence said.

Major bums injuries frequently involve several members of the same family, for example in house, caravan, boating and motor vehicle accidents. Catastrophes at work, like fires and explosions sometimes affect several workmates. Bushfires can affect both firefighters and the communities.

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Therefore not only are the medical and nursing requirements intensive and prolonged, but many other health professionals are needed to help the victims of fire return to their homes.

Physiotherapists and rehabilitation specialists need to keep the injured's hands, feet and limbs functioning. Social workers, psychologists and other counsellors are needed to help the victims, their families, their workmates and friends cope with the devastating injuries and the protracted recovery and rehabilitation phase.

Occupational therapists help the injured cope within their capabilities. Dieteticians need to assist the patient's nutrition, as the protein and fluid replacement requirements for bums victims are very complex. Numerous other highly specialised services are required."

The Federal member for Lowe, Mary Easson said she was proud that the unit at Concord was one of two such specialist units in New South Wales.

"This unit offers the latest technology and techniques in the treatment of major bums," Mrs Easson said.

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"And the unit is just one element of the redevelopment of Concord Hospital. There is also a new emergency department and the cardiology unit is being redeveloped.

"Concord Hospital provides high quality care not only to this community but to all the people of Sydney."

Contact: Brenda Conroy, Dr Lawrences Office, 0412 414 781 Marcela Silva, Concord Hospital (02) 736 6037 „

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