Glencore partnership gives life changing advances to NQ

The Townsville Hospital Foundation is thrilled to announce their successful partnership with Glencore’s Community Investment Program.

Earlier in 2018, the Townsville Hospital Foundation applied for sponsorship funding through Glencore’s Community Investment Program. The Foundation successfully received half of the $77,000 funding through Glencore, with the other half of funding met by the Townsville Hospital and Health Service.

Foundation General Manager Judy Higgins-Olsen stated it is a wonderful outcome for a piece of equipment that was thought of by many staff as a wishlist item that may never be funded.

“The CO2 Fractional Laser is a magnificent addition to the services we offer at The Townsville Hospital burns unit. With no other such laser in Queensland hospitals, we were elated to learn that one would be added to our list of services offered at The Townsville Hospital.”

“Unfortunately our paediatric burns unit sees a high number of Indigenous children every year who have incurred burns on their bodies. This machine will assist by improving the burn-scar appearance as well as improving the skin’s natural elasticity where the burn has left a scar. This laser will help us improve the appearance of burns scars, as well as helping return function to the skin in children with burns."

The Townsville Hospital will be the first hospital in Queensland to host a Clinical CO2 Fractional Laser, so prompt treatments can be delivered to both children and adults who have suffered burns to their bodies. The Townsville Hospital treats patients from all over the North Queensland region and beyond, treating many patients from Mount Isa, Cloncurry and the North Western district.

Glencore has been a long-time supporter of the Townsville Hospital Foundation providing more than $285,000 for vital emergency equipment since 2005.

Glencore’s Townsville Copper Refinery Manager Paul Taylor said the company was committed to supporting community development initiatives, like the Townsville Hospital Foundation, that build the capacity of health service provision in the region, and improve emergency response and patient care outcomes in North Queensland.

“The new CO2 Fractional Laser significantly improves the hospital’s capacity to treat and rehabilitate burns patients living within north and north west Queensland, and is a significant first for Queensland hospitals,” Mr Taylor said.



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