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The Heidelberg Repatriation hospital has so far

handled almost 200 tons of laundry for another Melbourne .

hospital whose own laundry was destroyed by fi-re about 12 weeks

ago, · . .

The Minister for Repatriation, Mr. R.W. Swartz, said

today that Heidelberg hospital was now handling about 17ΐ tens

of laundry from the Austin Hospital each week.' ■

"Heidelberg has been able to give a less-than-2.4 hours-

service, including starching, to the Austin hospital as well as

handle about 37 tons of its own each week. " . . .

"The higher production has been achieved..;by engaging .

additional staff formerly employed in the Austin laundry."

"At present it is not known when the. Austin laundry

will be rebuilt, but Heidelberg is willing to help until such

time as it is." .

With the exception of South Australia and Tasmania,

all linen and clothing used in Repatriation hospitals and "

institutions is laundered in the Department's hospitals.

In South Australia and Tasmania the laundry work is '

carried out by commercial firms. '

Last year the Department's laundries handled about 4,000

tons of clothing, blankets, sheets and other it.ems; eighty per

cent of it was- for Repatriation,, . . ' , .

.The remainder was for other Government departments

and State institutions, " . .

Canberra, November 18, 1962