ADSS donates world class Progressa bed and Airvo2 Humidifier to Palliative Care unit at Robina Hospital
Asbestos patients at Robina Hospital will benefit from state-of-the-art equipment donated by the Asbestos Disease Support Society (ADSS) to the hospital today.
ADSS General Manager, Trevor Torrens, said the donation would help the hospital provide a higher quality of care for patients suffering an asbestos related illness.
“This equipment will provide greater comfort to patients when they need it most, and it will also help nursing staff with patient mobility,” Mr Torrens said.
The equipment donated to the palliative care unit includes a state-of-the-art Progressa bed and AIRVO2 Humidifier.
Gold Coast Health’s Director of Palliative Care Dr Andrew Broadbent said the donated equipment would make a real difference for patients with mesothelioma.
“Every year we see a number of palliative care patients who have this life-limiting illness from asbestos exposure, and this generous donation will be of great benefit to them,” he said.
ADSS Chair Andrew Ramsay said the aftermath of asbestos is still being felt across the community, with 40 members of the ADSS dying in 2018, due to asbestos exposure.
“Unfortunately, we are still seeing the fall out of people who worked with asbestos containing products like fibro, brake linings and lagging on pipes,” Mr Ramsay said.
“We also have strong concerns about a new wave of exposure to home renovators.”
About one third of homes built between 1945 and the late 1980’s are likely to contain some form of asbestos building product. If disturbed, without adequate precautions, the asbestos fibres are released into the atmosphere and if inhaled, can lead to asbestos related disease.
Also in attendance was ADSS Asbestos Awareness Ambassador and State of Origin legend, Trevor Gillmeister. Trevor’s father died of mesothelioma caused by exposure to asbestos fibres during his work as a boiler maker. “I’ve seen first-hand what a horrible and debilitating disease mesothelioma is”, Mr Gillmeister said.
He also raised concerns about the risk of exposure to home renovators. “We have to get the message across to the home renovator to investigate before commencing renovations. Any asbestos containing material should only ever be removed by a licensed and accredited removalist“, he said.
Trevor gives freely of his time to the Society, including the 2014 asbestos awareness campaign “Taking the Axe to Asbestos – Walk for Awareness”. Trevor walked from Townville to Brisbane to promote awareness and raised over $127,000.00 funds for the Society.
The Asbestos Disease Support Society was established in 1992 and has more than 750 members. The Society supports sufferers of asbestos related disease, their families and caregivers and promotes awareness about the risks of exposure to asbestos. This is the sixth donation of beds and humidifiers made by the Society to Queensland hospitals, with a combined value over $100,000.