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Mornington supports Burns Unit
Mornington Fire Brigade continues to support the Alfred Hospital Burns Unit with an annual donation of $1,000 to support those in need of treatment due to burn injuries.
The support started with the brigade funding a bed at the local hospital in Mornington for firefighters who were injured or burnt in the line of duty. Initial donations started in the early 1940s and continued until the early 1950s when it was decided to transfer the donation and support to the Alfred Hospital where burns patients could be best treated.
Speaking on behalf of the Mornington Fire Brigade members, Station Officer Andrew Smith said, “It's great that both the volunteers and the staff are able to help support such a worthy cause.
“It may only be a small way of helping, however we know that our fellow community members will be well looked after and that donations like this will go to a worthwhile cause," Andrew said.
Yvonne Singer the Victorian Burns Program Coordinator said, “It can cost up to $700,000 per person for the acute treatment of a large burn injury, which makes burns one of the most costly.”
The Alfred Hospital provides a statewide service for adult burn injuries in Victoria and is well known for its care and treatment. The hospital admits as many as 300 people a year into the burns unit and well over 5,000 people a year are treated at emergency departments for burn-related injuries throughout the state.
Ms Heather Cleeland MBBS FRACS, plastic surgeon and director of the Victorian Adult Burns Service at the Alfred Hospital, commended the brigade on its support when the donation was officially handed over. “It's fantastic that that we receive support such as this and it will provide practical assistance and improve the quality of care to our patients as well as supporting our nursing staff," Heather said.
“We are so thankful for the support and it's important for us to strengthen our partnerships with groups such as CFA, which has been evident with the work we have done through the Victorian Burns Prevention Partnership and initiatives such as the Stay Safe Newsletter preventing burn injuries to young children."
It is envisaged that the donation will go towards a digital camera. This will be used to monitor the wound progress of patients in the burns unit and assist the burns team in planning ongoing care ensuring they have the best chance for a speedy recovery.