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Surgeons provide 4-day free service

Dawn Gibson
Thursday, February 21, 2013

FOR the cosmetic surgeons who are in the country, this week has been dedicated to free reconstruction surgery at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital.

The surgeons, who are part of Interplast Australia & New Zealand (Interplast), began their operations on Monday this week and will conclude them tomorrow.

However, their visit will continue until February 24 to facilitate plastic and reconstructive surgical services and training.

Patients with conditions such as cleft lip and palate, scarring from burns, hand injuries and tumours are urged to contact the Surgical Unit at the CWMH for an appointment.

Those with common skin diseases or cosmetic conditions will be excluded from these consultations, the Australian High Commission confirmed on Tuesday.

The team of plastic surgeons, which also includes two anaesthetists and two nurses, is being led by Simon Donahoe.

Interplast medical teams have been providing Fijians with free surgical intervention programs since 1983.

A statement from he high commission said the teams had conducted 8311 consultations as well as 4539 "life-changing procedures".

"The Australian government funds approximately 50 surgical teams every year in the Pacific," the statement said.

"The assistance fills specific gaps in local medical services and provides capacity building to local medical staff."


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