Home' Southern Health News : November 2016 Contents No signs of slowing down
for FMC Volunteers
They've spent 41 years providing
funds and support for Flinders
Medical Centre (FMC) and the
Volunteer Service for FMC is not
showing signs of slowing down.
“Over four decades, our volunteers have
given our service room to grow and
extend to a $14.3 million business. We
are all here to make a difference, and
what great mentors our volunteers
make. Their experience is abundant
and they love to share some of those
experiences with new recruits,” said
Director of the Volunteer Service for
FMC, Niki Burton.
Some of the year’s highlights include
the donation of $15,500 towards a
bladder scanner for the Emergency
Department and a portable ultra-
sound machine for the Hepatology
Department for $32,989.
“Our aim is to generate as much
funding as we can to fulfil the requests
from the hospital. We couldn’t do this
without our wonderful volunteers;
they make the patient journey more
comfortable and less stressful,” said the
President of the Volunteer Service for
FMC, Sylvia Wolverson.
Volunteers as young as 17 years of
age and up to 91 years of age give
up their time to volunteer at FMC.
During the 2015-16 financial year, they
raised $399,894 for services, programs,
equipment and research grants at FMC.
Other highlights include:
> Two research scholarships to the
Flinders Foundation ($80,000)
> 12 overbed trolleys for the Dialysis
> Cardio care upright bariatric bike
for Margaret Tobin Centre at FMC
Members of the Volunteer Service
for FMC work in a wide variety of
roles throughout the hospital. Roles
include serving in the Café Bar and
Coffee Shop; working in the Volunteer
Shop; delivering flowers, books and
the ‘shop trolley’ to patients; working
the barbecue in the courtyard;
acting as Guides for visitors and
patients; and providing comfort and
practical assistance in the Emergency
Department and Intensive and Critical
Want to know more?
To find out more about volunteering at
Flinders Medical Centre, please call the
Recruitment Department on
(08) 8204 3009, (08) 8204 5169 or
(08) 8204 6397.
Informations sessions are held at FMC
on Thursdays from 10am to 12noon.
to South’s first
BY JACQUIE VAN SANTEN
Liver and kidney transplant patients will now
get more patient-focused streamlined care for
potentially life-threatening skin cancers, with
Flinders Medical Centre establishing the South's
first multi-specialty Transplant Dermatology Clinic.
Transplant patients are at greater risk of skin cancer because
of the immunosuppressant treatment they receive after an
Immunosuppressant – or ‘anti-rejection’ drugs – are a class
of drugs that suppress or weaken the body's immune system.
Transplant patients are given the drugs to help the survival
of the transplanted organ. However, having a suppressed
immune system can make patients more susceptible to
infection, disease and some cancers.
Flinders Medical Centre dermatology staff specialist Dr
Simon Khoury said transplant patients were up to 65 times
more likely to get Squamous Cell Carcinoma – the most
common form of skin cancer – and 10 times more likely to
get Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC).
“We need to keep a close eye on this particular group of
patients because skin cancer and other skin problems can
cause significant and life-threatening challenges to solid
organ transplant patients. The usual surveillance systems in
their skin are compromised by the immunosuppressive drugs
and cancers can slip through the net and grow faster than
would otherwise be the case.”
Dr Khoury said the Transplant Dermatology Service aims to
improve early detection so that skin cancers are detected and
removed before they get a chance to metastasise.
The clinic is one of only a few in Australia, and is a
collaboration between Plastic Surgery, Hepatology and
Nephrology services at Flinders Medical Centre.
“Many of our patients are referred to the clinic immediately
following their surgery by a member of their transplant
medical care team, which ensures surveillance starts early.”
Flinders Medical Centre expertly cares for over 600 organ
transplants patients who have been given a second chance
at life and this continues to grow.
Renal transplant patient Margaret Tait, 67, of Sturt was
referred to the clinic by her renal nurse coordinator Jane van
der Jeugd following her kidney transplant in October 2014.
“It was great – she rang the clinic and I had an appointment
soon after,” she said.
Margaret said it was comforting to know doctors were
keeping an eye on her skin health.
“I’m extra vigilant these days. I wear long gloves when
I’m gardening and use a hat and 50+sunscreen regularly.
But it gives me peace of mind knowing that my skin is
professionally checked every six months.”
SOUTHERN HEALTH NEWS / NOVEMBER 2016 / 5
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