Fiona Stanley Hospital celebrates first anniversary

Staff at the State Rehabilitation Service created a ‘Hands Up’ collage to celebrate their first anniversary.  Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au   d444849
Staff at the State Rehabilitation Service created a ‘Hands Up’ collage to celebrate their first anniversary. Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au d444849

THIS month marks one year since the official opening of Fiona Stanley Hospital.

Acting executive director Paul Mark said the 140-bed State Rehabilitation Service was the first part of the hospital to open on October 4 last year, replacing the Shenton Park campus of Royal Perth Hospital.

“Many of the staff made the transition from Shenton Park to Fiona Stanley Hospital, bringing with them the very special culture of care that had been built up over many decades,” Dr Mark said.

In the past year, the State Rehabilitation Service has cared for almost 1200 patients and provided almost 6000 outpatient appointments for services such as physiotherapy, speech pathology, podiatry, nutrition and psychology.

“Our rehabilitation staff do an incredible job assisting people on their road to recovery after serious illnesses, burns or major physical trauma,” Dr Mark said.

To mark the anniversary, patients, visitors, volunteers and staff created a ‘Hands Up’ poster collage of their own hands to symbolise the many hands involved in a person’s rehabilitation and also as a symbol of the hands-on roles of staff.

The opening of the State Rehabilitation Service was one of the first significant milestones reached at the hospital, when about 80 transferred patients became the first to receive care at the new facility.