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Free surgery

Luke Rawalai
Friday, April 12, 2013

WITH its 112th visit to Fiji, Interplast Australia and New Zealand will celebrate 30 years of interplast activities in Fiji by carrying out free surgery for people in Labasa.

Fiji Interplast program co-ordinator Jess Howell said the team would visit Labasa Hospital to conduct general plastic and reconstructive surgery and training from June 22 to June 29.

Ms Howell said the team would consist of surgeons — Doctor David Ying, Dr Robert Gates, anaesthetist Ian Hogarth and nurses Simone Naste-Clarke and Sally Mitchell.

"The Interplast medical team will conduct a consultation clinic on June 24 in the outpatient's clinic at the Labasa Hospital," she said.

"Plastic and reconstructive surgery will be performed at Labasa Hospital from June 25 to the 28.

"Patients with conditions including hypospadias, cleft lip and palate, scarring from burns, hand injuries and tumours are urged to contact the surgical unit at the Labasa Hospital for an appointment."

Ms Howell said patients with common skin diseases or cosmetic conditions would be excluded from this consultation.

"Interplast medical teams, funded by AusAID and Rotary clubs in Australia and New Zealand, have been visiting Fiji since 1983 to provide free surgical intervention programs to relieve people of disability.

"To date, 8548 consultations and 4661 life-changing procedures have been conducted in Fiji.

"People wishing to make an appointment to see the Interplast team at Labasa can contact the Surgical Unit at Labasa Hospital on phone 8811444."